C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 19, 1912
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 19, 1912. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children. He discusses and his work as pastor and house father of Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia. Includes information about a meeting between the pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada and the Church of England.
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 2012.
Date of Original
Dec.19, 1912
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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Geographic Coverage
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.38345 Longitude: -64.51546
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, 19 December 1912, RG-102.13, File 1.14.12, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc5
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Nova Scotia

Office of the President.}

Bridgewater, N. S.,

Dec. 19, 1912

Dear Mother:

I intended to write to you last night, but had just gotten back home from Halifax and was feeling quite tired and also quite sleepy. I went down to Halifax Tuesday leaving Bridgewater at 6:25 A.M. I had thought of going down on the steamer but as it would make me stay away from home so much longer I finally decided to go by rail. At Mahone Bay Pastor Bermon boarded the train and went down with me. Pastor Behrens for some reason or other failed to show up. Our train was late and didn’t get in to Halifax until after 1 o’clock. We spent the afternoon going around the shops and making a few purchases as our means would allow. In the evening the meeting was held in the Church of England Institute and the matter of religious instruction in the public schools was discussed in an informal manner. The discussion showed many men of many minds and resulted as I anticipated in nothing accomplished. Pastor Bermon and I laid down the limits that we would be willing to assent to, viz: Reading of Scripture (St. James’ Version), Recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, and memorizing of Scripture passages – all without comment. Some wanted more and some less, but I told them that if they attempted anything more than this they would get themselves into all kinds of trouble. And I said furthermore that we would not be agreed even to the teaching of the Ten Commandments according to the order on which all the rest were agreed (the Reformed numbering. The upshot of the matter was that another meeting was appointed for the further consideration of the matter to be held in Jan’y.

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I don’t think we will attend this meeting as we can hope for nothing from it and there is no use of heaping up expense upon Synod. I would not have had a representation this time on account of the hopelessness of doing anything, but thought it well to show that we were not hostile to the Bible in the public schools and that we were in favour of doing all that was possible. Pastor Bermon and I came back to Mahone Bay by the Kimburn. We had a delightful voyage and a pleasant trip. At one point in the Bay I counted 24 islands in a straight row, apparently about the same distance apart. Our ship made four stops, one at Iron Bound and three at the Tancook Islands. We reached Mahone at 1:30 p.m., having made the passage in eight hours. This was very good, considering the amount of freight they had to handle. From Mahone I came home by train, arriving last night about 6 o’clock.

Next Sunday I am to preach for Pastor Behrens in the Rose Bay parish. Then I will probably be free until New Year’s day when I will preach for Pastor Weaver in Lunenburg. I have been so occupied with things here at the Home that I haven’t had any time yet for preparation of my sermons, but hope I will be able to get through with them in some way.

Yesterday we killed two of our pigs and to-day I sent them over to Lunenburg for sale. I think they will dress 200 lbs. a piece, in which case we will get nearly $40 for them. We have had considerable trouble with the last three children brought into the Home. They ran away about an hour after they came and I had quite a chase to get them back.

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Then they decided to adopt the suffragette scheme and starve themselves. I made the little fellow, who is just the age of Carolus, eat, but the other two boys didn’t eat a meal from Saturday morning until Tuesday evening. I made them come in to their meals every time, but they would only look at their plates and wouldn’t eat a mouthful. They ate apples, however, between times. On Tuesday after I had gone to Halifax they ran away again and got as far as Mahone Bay before Mr. Evens caught them and brought them back. But when they got back they were ready enough to eat and today they seem to be all right. They were obedient enough about everything else, but were determined to starve themselves out, so that they would be sent back home. But I think they will be all right now. I had a new suit made last week and wore it for the first time down to Halifax. It cost me $27 and I wouldn’t have gone to the expense, only Bonnie was insistent. I paid the last on the piano a couple of weeks ago. So I have that clear now. Bonnie insists on my going to the General Council meeting next fall, but I tell her that is too long off to talk about or plan for. We have the best little baby that ever was, I think. She is as good as she can be. She only wakens once in the night to be nursed and then doesn’t cry and goes right back to sleep. She coos and smiles a

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great deal now. Carolus says, He and Marion are mine and Herman is mother’s. That is the way he divides up the family. He always gives his father the biggest share. Last night Bonnie said to the baby, “God bless her” and Carolus added “and protect her through the night”. He had heard that in the prayers. Herman is also a wonderful little fellow and is as bright as a button. He has a very large head and even a more prominent forehead than Carolus has. He is a great talker too and if I but say I want something he goes and hunts it up for me. Marion is a very pretty baby. Everybody that has seen her says so. Christmas is almost here. I have nothing provided for it yet either for the children of the Home or for our own, but will have to try to get around to it now soon. We will have a tree here I think early Christmas morning. The Church service in Bridgewater will be on Christmas night. As this will probably be the last time I will write to you before Christmas, I wish you a very happy and joyous Christmas-tide. Bonnie and the children send their love and greetings. With much love, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] C. H. Little

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Didn’t have any envelopes and forgot this letter when I went down town this a.m

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 19, 1912

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 19, 1912. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children. He discusses and his work as pastor and house father of Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia. Includes information about a meeting between the pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada and the Church of England.