C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 27, 1917
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 27, 1917. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario; the United States' involvement in the war; and the health of the children.
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
Jan. 27, 1917
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, 27 February 1917, RG-102.13, File 1.19.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc8
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text



Morrisburg, Ont.} Feb’y 27, 1917

Dear Mother:

Your very welcome and interesting letter was received a day or two ago. Bonnie is out to-night and the children are all in bed and at present in dream land or at least in the land of nod, so I will embrace this quiet opportunity to answer your kind letter. I will enclose also a letter which Carolus wrote to his Uncle Herbert. It is written so fine that he will probably not be able to make it all out but I will not interpret it for him. Let him exercise his ingenuity. It will do him good and probably sharpen his wits – a thing very necessary for a professor whose duty it is to teach and interpret the uncouth and barbarous Hunsprache. Well, our winter seems to be broken. Yesterday was quite mild and we had rain and constant thaw. To-day was also mild but a little colder. We had some quite heavy snow squalls this afternoon. But the days are growing so bright and the sun is getting so high that we feel that the winter is almost over. Only last Sunday morning, however, the thermometer registered 11 degrees below zero, but the temperature rose rapidly through the day, and on the whole

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the day was a delightful one to be out in. I also had very good congregations in both Churches. The coming Sunday I am to be in Ottawa and to hold communion service there. I don’t like going away especially during this Lenten season; but under the circumstances it can’t be helped. The children still have the whooping cough but are improving slightly. I have been interrupted once to look after Marion and the baby since I started this letter. Arthur hardly coughs at all any more. Carolus and Herman show no signs of taking it and are in school every day. Carolus says he will be second on the honor roll this month, which isn’t too bad in view of the time he was out of school. I have just read President Wilson’s address to Congress. It is a virtual request of Congress to abdicate its prerogatives and give the President the right to declare war. The request is enforced by the implied threat that he will do so anyway and that he only asked the Congress for politeness’ sake in as much as he has that authority by implication. To my mind it is only a question of time when the U.S. will be involved in this general wreak

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war. It’s a pity too, because it could so easily have kept out of it and might probably have been in a position to exercise a beneficent influence over the terms of peace. The world is in desperately bad state and I doubt if we will ever again see it free from war or as relatively free as it was before this great outbreak. But the world probably needs the chastening, and the Lord God omnipotent who reigneth over the nations knows how to bring good out of evil and has His own wise purpose to accomplish in this general upheaval of human society and conflict among the nations of the earth.

It seems strange to read in your letter about gardening already. We still have three or four feet of snow and I haven’t given the subject any serious thought yet. Your hens are laying well. Ours are not doing much yet, but we get at least one egg every day and that’s about 5 cents worth. To-morrow night I will have my second Lenten Service. But I must bring my rambling remarks to a close. With love, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 27, 1917

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 27, 1917. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario; the United States' involvement in the war; and the health of the children.