C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 6, 1913
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated November 6, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
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
Nov. 6, 1913
Width: 21 cm
Height: 28 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • 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, 6 November 1913, RG-102.13, File 1.15.14, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc6
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text



Bridgewater, N.S.,

Nov. 6, 1913.

Dear Mother:

As I didn’t get to write you last night I will see what I can do this morning. Yesterday we had our annual Sunday school Convention down at Rose Bay. I drove down in the morning and back last night after service, reaching home at exactly 12 o’clock. It was about half past one when I got to bed so I didn’t get a surplus of sleep last night. We had very cold weather for our convention and it was a busy time too with the fishermen down the river and along the shore. Everybody was making fish. The weather was so dull and stormy through October that not a fish was made and, if you will permit a mixed metaphor, they found it necessary yesterday to “make hay while the sun shines”. This naturally affected the attendance considerably. But the convention made up in quality what it lacked in quantity and was quite enthusiastic. There were many and good discussions. I have been systematically training the young pastors to take part in all discussion and by constant urging and nagging and setting of example, I have been in large measure successful and we now have quite interesting meetings. In spite of the comparatively small attendance we easily

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raised the $30 which the Convention had apportioned itself for the Porto Rico mission, which was better than we have done at the Convention for some years. Since Reformation day we have had a foretaste of winter. It froze 2 inches of ice one night and has been quite cold ever since. We had snow squalls Oct. 31 and some little ones again yesterday and the ground is frozen hard every morning. I preached on Reformation Day in the evening for Pastor Pifer in the Schmeisser Memorial Church at Middleton, (Lun. Co.). It was the first time I had been in that Church and was up to that time the only Church in the Synod that I had never been in or preached in. It a very nice little country Church. Pifer and I had been out on a partridge hunt that day in that section, but we only saw two birds and they were on the wing in the woods and we got no shot at them. I, however, shot a rabbit. I shot another one in the woods just back of the house here Monday and expect to get several more around here this fall. The partridge season, however, is over. We are only allowed one month for shooting partridges in the country. Saturday I went down to Chester on the train and preached there Sunday morning and afternoon. The Mahone people sent a team down for me and I drove up to Mahone and preached in the evening. William Herman was over with my horse and drove me back home Sunday night. This coming

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Sunday I am exchanging with Pastor Weaver and will preach in Lunenburg and in the remodeled South Church. I was away at the time of its rededication and have not seen it since it was finished. Pastor Glenn declined the call to Rose Bay and I learn that Pastor Walborn will also decline the call to Mahone Bay. It begins to look now as if these parishes will have to be vacant all winter and wait for pastors from the Seminary graduates. But I still hope that we will find someone for each of these places before that time. I would like to be relieved of some of my preaching, for the reason that I am never at home on Sunday and Bonnie and the children never get out to Church. Besides I have a lot to do in editing the N.S. Lutheran and attending to the affairs of the Home. Marion all but walks alone now and she says quite a few words in addition to going through her voice culture and vocal exercises. The boys have their pulpits out in the hall and preach every day. But I must close. With love from us all. I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 6, 1913

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, dated November 6, 1913. Little describes family life with his wife and children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.