C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 23, 1916
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 23, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. He discusses gardening, the war, and the possibility of conscription in Canada.
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
Aug. 23, 1916
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27 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, 23 August 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.6, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc8
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

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Morrisburg, Ont. Aug 23, 1916

Dear Mother:

As the weather has cooled down sufficiently to admit a little manual labor I will see what can be done for you in an epistolary way. We have just passed through a siege of the hottest weather I have ever experienced in Canada, and I think it has all records broken for fifty years back. It began getting hot the day after I wrote you last week and kept on accumulating heat until Monday when it reached 99° in the shade. The nights were correspondingly hot, and I don’t think up till last night the thermometer fell below 75 or 80. Sunday was a dreadfully hot day and I almost roasted alive in the heavy robes in Church. But last night there was a change and we had a fine shower and thunderstorm this morning since which time it has been more like living. Sunday night Herman and Marion both got sick, one at each end, from eating green apples and I felt pretty well played out by Monday morning. Happily our

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toilet and waterworks were in commission again, which saved considerable trouble. Sunday morning Bonnie took the baby over to Church and I baptized him just before the regular service. We had as sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Aden Hunter. Mr. Hunter is a member of the Church Council and has no children of his own. They seemed to take it as quite an honor to be asked to stand sponsors for the pastor’s baby. Little Robert is perfectly healthy, awfully good and growing so fast that you can almost see him grow. Bonnie says it is a real luxury to work and dress him. He sleeps like a log and wakes up only a couple times through the night to be nursed and as soon as he gets a belly full goes back to sleep. He is a tall baby with long arms, fingers and legs, and I think he will make the tallest of the boys. Everybody thinks he is an exceedingly pretty baby. He is fond of the other children and they are very fond of him, and we all think he is the best ever. Our tomatoes

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ripened very fast during the hot weather. Monday I gathered half a bushel and yesterday a peck. Bonnie has already put up about ten jars. The cucumbers also have been quite productive and she has made lots of pickles. I think she has some 50 jars of fruit put up, and the grapes and peaches and pears are still to come. We have had several messes of corn and have given some away to neighbours whose corn patches failed. Bonnie thinks I’m a great gardener and is already figuring what we will do when I get too old to preach any more. The schools will start Monday a week, but as that is a holiday, they will not actually open until Tuesday. Carolus and Herman will both go this fall; but as Carolus graded, they will be in different rooms. I see from the papers that a great railway strike is threatened in the U.S. If the President doesn’t succeed in stopping it, I suppose you will hardly get another letter from me soon. But I hope that the strike will be averted. The was still seems to be going

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favorably for us and the authorities are pushing recruiting here in Canada. Recently a registration of all males of military age was ordered by Order in Council to be followed up by personal canvass of each fit individual. If this does not succeed the next step will doubtless be conscription, though I doubt if they will try to enforce it on Quebec. I saw one report, though not official, that the “Deutschland” had arrived safely at Bremen; but I don’t know whether there was anything in the report or not. Evidently the “Bremen” has not yet showed up. Yesterday I read the proof of my pamphlet on the Inspiration of the Bible. It will no doubt be out at press by the end of this month. I suppose the College will open about the first of Sept. Hope Herbert will be in shape to take up his work again. What has become of Prof. Hortwig? Well, I must close. With all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 23, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 23, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. He discusses gardening, the war, and the possibility of conscription in Canada.