C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 5, 1928
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little on May 5, 1928. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; announces that he has completed his studies with the Chicago Seminary and will soon receive his degree; and the weather.
Notes
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (later Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; now Martin Luther University College) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Little was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1872. He was the eldest of ten children born to Rev. Marcus Lafayette Little (1848-1891) and Candace Mary Almetta Herman (1848-1947). Marcus L. Little, a Lutheran pastor and educator, was killed in a train accident in Newton, North Carolina on February 16, 1891.

C. H. Little received his early education and work experience in North Carolina, graduating from Gaston College in 1889. From 1888-1891 Little worked as editor of a newspaper founded by his father in Dallas, North Carolina. He also taught in North Carolina schools. After his father’s death, Little entered Roanoke College in Virginia, graduating with a BA (Classics) in 1893. From 1897-1898 he was enrolled in post-graduate studies in the Classics Department at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1901 Little graduated from Mount Airy Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following in his father’s footsteps, C. H. Little was ordained by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania on June 3, 1901. After ordination he accepted a call to the Nova Scotia Synod, serving as pastor in the New Germany parish from 1901-1909, and the Mahone Bay parish from 1909-1911. From 1911-1914 he was housefather of Bethany Orphans’ Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. During this time he also served the Nova Scotia Synod as secretary (1904-1909), president (1911-1914) and editor of the Nova Scotia Lutheran (1907-1911). In 1914 Little was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Little left Nova Scotia in 1914 when he accepted a call to the St. Lawrence Parish in Morrisburg, Ontario.

In 1917 C. H. Little accepted a teaching position at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) in Waterloo, Ontario. He remained at the Seminary for the rest of his career, retiring in 1947. In addition to his responsibilities as professor, Little also held various administrative roles including acting President, 1918-1920, 1929-1931, and 1942-44; Bursar, 1918-1933; and Dean, 1920-1927. Little continued to pursue his own education through correspondence studies with the Chicago Lutheran Seminary, receiving the degrees of BD and STM in 1924, and an STD in 1928.

Publications authored by C. H. Little include New Testament handbook (1941); Lutheran confessional theology: a presentation of the doctrines of the Augsburg Confession and the Formula of concord (1943); and Explanation of the book of Revelation (1950). He was a long time contributor to the Canada Lutheran, and held editorial positions for the publication.

Little married Edith Blanche “Bonnie” DeLong (1888-1974) on September 9, 1908 in Nova Scotia. They had ten children: Carolus DeLong, Herman Luther, Marion, Arthur Bernard, Robert Paul, Margaret Eileen, Ruth, Catharine, Florence Josephine, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in July 2013.
Date of Original
May 5, 1928
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.30.10
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 5 May 1928, RG-102.13, File 1.30.10, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes
U24RG-102.13 Disc21
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo Ontario}

May 5, 1928.

Dear Mother:

I will have time to write you only a few lines this morning as I am leaving for Sherwood this afternoon. I have been very busy this week with examinations and with secretarial work in connection with the preparation of the Bulletin for Synod which we must get out before the Synod meets. Yesterday we had a long meeting of the Executive Committee, and I have spent all this morning getting the President’s Report in shape. His English is not so good and I have to dress it up for him. The weather has turned warm and I ought to be looking after my garden, but I haven’t had time for it. Our institution is facing bankruptcy. We haven’t got our cheques yet and for the past few days I have been without a cent of currency. I borrowed enough to get to Sherwood to-day and should clear about $13 on this trip. The Board at its meeting took the action I expected they would and elected Dr. Willison President of the Combined Institution – the thing which he has long been scheming for and in which he was ably assisted by Dr. Potter. The Board, however, promised separation as soon as the money was forth-coming and persuaded Prof. Neudoerffer to undertake the financial agency for a year and endeavour to raise the money to this end. This he agreed to do on condition

(Page 2)

of complete separation. This condition was accepted by the Board. But I don’t put much confidence in their promise, as they will have Dr. Willison to reckon with. He held them up this time and may do so again. If I were in Prof. Neudoerffer’s place I would not do the dirty work and let Dr. Willison carry off the honours. Dr. Maurer controls the Board so absolutely that he is the Board. I received notice from Chicago yesterday that I would be granted the degree of S.T.M. at the commencement on May 9th. So I will get my degree after all. I am enclosing two snaps of Florence taken by Carolus. One of them you might give to Florence Rhyme Little that she might see how the two Florences compare.

I am filled up with preaching now till the end of May. Next Sunday, however, I will be at Bridgeport. The Parish Hall will be dedicated to-morrow. I am rather glad that I have a good excuse for not being present. Well, I must stop here. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 5, 1928


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little on May 5, 1928. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; announces that he has completed his studies with the Chicago Seminary and will soon receive his degree; and the weather.