C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 3, 1915
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 3, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children. He also describes his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. In this letter, Little discusses his opposition of the suffrage movement in the United States.
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 2012.
Date of Original
Nov. 3, 1915
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 13 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.17.3
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.9001 Longitude: -75.18261
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, 3 November 1952, RG-102.13, File 1.17.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc7
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{ST. LAWRENCE PARISH

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

THE REV. C. H. LITTLE, D. D., PASTOR

MORRISBURG, ONT.}

Nov. 3, 1915.

Dear Mother:

As I didn’t write you last might, I will try to give you a short letter this morning. Time is precious, however, as I haven’t done any work for Sunday yet and must soon get at it. Yesterday Bonnie and Herman and I visited down in the country at Froatburn. We made seven calls and got back home about half past eight last night. We generally take Herman on trips like this. He is such a tease that he makes life miserable for the little ones at home. So we deem it safer to take him along. On the other hand he is the best one to take visiting: for he is a little

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bashful and very quiet away from home. Carolus is knocked out of all these trips by going to school. But he likes to go so well that he doesn’t mind it much and is looking forward to going with me during his vacation in the holidays. I was away Monday and made a half dozen or so calls, but that day I went alone. Tuesday I spent down at St. John’s Church, bossing a working party in the cemetery and attending to my catechetical class. So you see the week has been pretty well taken up so far. Last Sunday I held Reformation Service in both Churches and gave my people as good a sermon as I could on that great subject. Quite a number went down from here to St. John’s to hear it a second

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time, from which I infer that they didn’t deem it “too bad”. Next Sunday, I am to preach for Pastor Maurer in the evening while he is supplying elsewhere. We have so many vacancies that it interferes with the regularity of the work in our parishes somewhat, though we arrange it so as to miss only one service in our parishes a Sunday. Pastor and Mrs. McCreery and ourselves are invited to spend Friday of next week at a birth day party in one of the families of my parishioners in St. John’s. I wanted to get a chance to go out hunting next week, but there is so much going on that I suppose I will have to forgo it. The weather is pretty cold now – cold enough for snow and it has been cloudy for several days, but nothing has come of it yet. I held my

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annual congregational meeting in St. John’s this week. Reports showed the affairs of the congregation in a satisfactory state. I see from the papers that the States that voted Tuesday defeated Woman’s Suffrage overwhelmingly, also that the Republicans were largely victorious. I was glad to see the Suffrage movement given a set back. I never did think much of it and think less of it now than ever. I think I told you I got hats for the boys in Montreal. I couldn’t get any boys’ hats big enough here and got the two largest in Montreal. Carolus’s is No. 7 and Herman’s 6 7/8. One cost $2.00 and the other $1.50. Everything is so expensive that we find it pretty hard to get along on a thousand dollars a year. Well, I must close. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 3, 1915


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 3, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children. He also describes his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. In this letter, Little discusses his opposition of the suffrage movement in the United States.