C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 1, 1927

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 1, 1927. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.
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 1, 1927
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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, 1 May 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.13, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc20
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Waterloo College

Waterloo College School

The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario}

May 1, 1927

Dear Mother:

While Bonnie and the older children from Carolus down to Arthur inclusive are at Church, and Robert, Ruth and Eileen are out playing ball, and the baby is asleep in her carriage, and “all is quiet along the Potomac”, as it were, I thought I would embrace the opportunity thus afforded to write you a few lines. This morning I preached down in Bridgeport where I also held a communion service. There was the usual attendance – around 40 – and we had a fine and enjoyable service. I was disappointed in one respect, however, and that was that I didn’t get my pay. The reason for that was that the treasurer was not present. As I didn’t get my pay last month I was expecting $10 to-day; and it would have come in good as funds are getting low at this stage of the game. However, to-day is payday and our cheques will probably be here to-morrow. This afternoon I was over at Kitchener to see one of my old Bridgeport members who is quite sick with dropsy. He was for many years Supt. of the Sunday School there and was one of our most active members. I don’t think there is much hope of his getting any better, though he may last for some time yet. He seemed to appreciate my visit very much. Our Board at its meeting last week gave each of is Seminary professors a ‘bonus’ of $100 in consideration of the extra work we took upon ourselves in taking over Dr. Zinck’s subjects. This was not as much as we

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should have had, but was probably all that we could expect of the Board in view of the financial straits in which it finds itself placed at the present time. They also voted me a salary of $100 per year as bursar in lieu of tuition for my boys, and the prospects are that at their next meeting they will adopt the policy of granting free tuition to pastor’s sons. In this case I will be in $100. They also appointed a Committee to look into the matter of securing a new professor for the Seminary in order to relieve us of our extra load. So taking everything into consideration we should be thankful for small favours. We had an Indian Sadhu here for several days, whom Prof. Neudoerffer knew in India. He addressed the students in the chapel on Friday and preached in German at St. John’s this morning and in St. Peter’s in English this evening. He is a Sadhu or ‘Holy Man’, and wears their regular yellow uniform and is under the vow of celibacy, poverty and devotion of life to religion. He is a Lutheran trained in the Hermannsburg Mission. He is not ordained, but is a travelling Evangelist and takes no money except what is necessary for his travels. He is leaving to-morrow for the United States, where he expects to spend 6 months. He spent a year on the continent of Europe, and 6 months in England before coming here. He is very well-informed and quite evangelical in his preaching. In Sweden he conquered the language sufficiently to preach in Swedish in Arch-Bishop Söderblom’s Church. He is as black as a negro, but otherwise does not have negro features. He was over here at the house about half an hour this afternoon. I found him quite an interesting talker. The weather has been quite cool ever since Easter, with north winds and frosty nights.

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I haven’t done a stroke of work in my garden as yet, though I had it plowed about a week or more ago. One doesn’t gain anything my planting before the ground is warm. I expected to go to London on Friday last to the Senate meeting; but the meeting was postponed until later. This week will be our last week of teaching, examinations beginning on Friday and continuing for two weeks. Our Seminary closing will be Thursday May 26. Convocation at London will be on the 28th, and our College celebration will be on Sunday May 22 in St. Matthew’s Church with Dr. Bauslin of Harrisburg Pa. as the preacher for the occasion. Bonnie is doing her spring housecleaning now and is working like a Trojan. Well, I can’t think of any more news, so I will close for the time. With much love to you all and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

Carolus took a picture of the Sadhu to-day. When it is finished he will doubtless send you one. CHL.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 1, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 1, 1927. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.