C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 14, 1916
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 14, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and discusses the war.
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. 14, 1916
Width: 21 cm
Height: 13.5 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, 14 December 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.8, 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

Full Text



Morrisburg, Ont. Dec. 14, 1916

Dear Mother:

As I didn’t get around to writing you last night, I will try to drop you a few lines to-day. We are having very cold weather now. Night before last it was 4° below zero and was considerably colder last night. We had snow Monday night and squalls of it off and on since. There is a depth of four or five inches of snow and some are using cutters but the snow is so dry that it refuses to pack and in such snow the cutters are rightly named. I drove up the river yesterday but took a buggy and I’m sure I made the wisest choice of a vehicle. The whooping cough, mumps and chicken pox

(Page 2)

are so prevalent now as almost to break up the schools and to interfere seriously with our Christmas programs. I was in a house up the river yesterday where they had nine children and every one was down with the whooping cough. Carolus and Herman have been out of school all week on account of the chicken pox. Arthur also has them, but none of the children is sick with them. The only trouble is that we have to keep them all in the house and they get restless and into all kinds of mischief to the great annoyance especially of the housewife. I hope, however, that they will escape the whooping cough. I don’t mind the chicken pox and the mumps, but the whooping cough would likely drag along all winter.

(Page 3)

News reached us night before last of the serious illness of Mrs. McCreery. She never recovered from the fall in which she broke her leg in Montreal and lately dropsy has set in. Last night Pastor McCreery phoned in that she was sinking rapidly and would probably not live through the night. I wouldn’t be surprised to get word this afternoon that she is dead. The children were all summoned home this week, and Mrs. McCreery’s sister also came. It will be a rather sad Christmas for them. Sunday I am to go to Ottawa again. I will probably leave here Saturday morning. Our girl is gone and we are alone again. Bonnie thinks she can get along by having the washing done out.

I see the German chancellor has put forth peace terms.

(Page 4)

They are, however, not acceptable to the Allies and are ridiculed unmercifully by the papers which say that no terms will be accepted by the Allies save such or they shall themselves dictate. But if matters keep going as they have been lately the terms offered now may be better than those they will get later on. There is a deeper feeling of pessimism now than at any time since the war began. The only hope is that Lloyd George will be able to accomplish what the Asquith regime utterly failed to do. Our 154th battalion has been broken up in England and is being sent in drafts to fill up the broken battalions already at the front. The thing will have to be compromised in the end and the issue to be faced is why not now? But I must close. With love I am

Most Sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll H. Little

[Written on the side of the letter]

“The Birth of a Nation” was shown here Tues. night. Bonnie went to see it and was much taken with it. CHL

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 14, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 14, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and discusses the war.