C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 19, 1916
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother Candace Little on January 19, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife and family, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, 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.

Carroll Herman 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, and John Frederick.

Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2012.
Date of Original
Jan. 19, 1916
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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, 19 January 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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Jan’y 19, 1916.

Dear Mother:

News is somewhat scarce and I am also handicapped by having Arthur and Marion on my hands while Bonnie and Minnie are down town attending a lecture in the Women’s Institute, under which circumstances you must not expect much of a letter. However, I will do the best I can under adverse circumstances. We are having delightful winter weather after quite a severe cold snap. Monday was our coldest day. The thermometer didn’t get above zero all day though I don’t think it was under 10 below at any time. Since then it has been getting steadily milder although it is still fairly cold. We had some snow Saturday night and Sunday morning and squally weather since then, but to-day has been bright and fine all day. Sunday night I preached for Pastor Maurer at Williamsburg. Bonnie drove out with me in the cutter. It was quite cold and there was a heavy wind, but we didn’t mind it. The sleigh roads were very good and we got back home about half past nine. Pastor Maurer got back from Ottawa Monday evening and we had him with us Monday night. At our Council meeting Monday night they voted an increase of $50 on my salary and urged the lower congregation to do the same which I think they will readily do. This will help me out considerably and will almost pay

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for my horse hire. The perquisites here amounted last year to about $75 and if they are as much this year I will get in the neighborhood of $1200 and parsonage. Expenses, however, are considerably higher on account of war conditions and the prospects are that they will not be materially lower for a long time. I received my last Christmas present to-day – a humidor of Prince Albert smoking tobacco, 1 lb. from the Rev. Aden B. MacIntosh, Norristown, Pa. He always remembers me. It was rather late for Santa Claus to come, but the box which he sent to his father and sister, Dec. 10, was delayed some how in transit and only reached it destination to-day. But as I had not quite run out of smokes it reached me in good season. I am in hopes now of hanging out till Lent without the necessity of further purchase of the fragrant weed. I am enclosing a mat which Carolus made for you. It is a sample of the fancy work he does in the Kindergarten. He did this one at home to show us how it was done. It was an old spoiled piece which he picked out of the waste paper basket and is not as neat as his regular work. His fancy book is a thing of beauty. Yesterday he came and said “Mother, there is a little girl in school that has all her upstairs teeth out.” He has two of his out and five new teeth already. There is still a good deal of sickness around here, especially La Grippe but we have all escaped it so far. Mrs. Casselman still hangs on though she is now too weak to speak,

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and even the family are not allowed in to see her. I was around to see her last night. I don’t see how she can possible last more than a day or two longer. She is perfectly conscious all the time and suffers severely. She has intestinal cancer. The Doctor’s children are still with their grandmother in Toronto. This coming Sunday I am to preach and administer the communion in Montreal. Pastor McCreery will preach for me in the afternoon and evening.

The war situation doesn’t seem to be any better from the allied point of view. The surrender of the Montenegrin forces and the separate peace it involves is quite a set back and a bitter pill to swallow; but there is no evidence of any sentiment to give up yet, but rather to draw the blockade lines more closely about Germany’s throat. Marion and Arthur are pretty well over their colds. They are sweet little children. Every day Marion get on my lap and hugs me and says: “You are a good father” and little Arthur kisses my eyes. He attempts to say almost any word you ask him. But I must close. With love

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 19, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother Candace Little on January 19, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife and family, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.