(Rev. Peter De Roo to Sorin; 1883) "Should you have any idea of founding a new house in the new Empire of the Far West, you might send Brother John Chrysostom to Portland, Oregon, and see the country. I feel inclined to think that our archbishop would be very happy to have your Brothers in his city. Should the Brothers come to Baker City, I would be much honored in returning the compliment of a cordial reception."
(G.F. Fieens, Administrator to Sorin; 1884) "I see that you are willing to open to your Reverend Fathers and Brothers the vast regions of Oregon. We would be pleased to welcome them here. Portland is a flourishing young town and promises a good deal.... However, we have a college at present, conducted by a Rev. Father, but I do not know whether that would suit you to begin with."