University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 33        France, Mr. Louis, had his promise that he would not grant 
             permission to erect any college except at such a distance as 
             would not interfere with his.
                  F. Sorin made a journey to Vincennes about the end of 
             October to treat the matter.  The Bishop repeated to him what he 
             had already expressed in writing, and ended by saying that if he 
             wished to build a college, he would give him the Lake property 
             near South Bend, in the northern part of the diocese.  Having 
             obtained the necessary information in Vincennes, F. Sorin 
             considered the matter as being very serious, and begged the 
             Bishop to grant him some time to reflect on it.
                  On his return to St. Peter's the Father assembled the 
             council of administration and laid the Bishop's offer before 
             them.  Several days were spent in ineffectual deliberations, but 
             finally the offer was accepted, and the day, hour and mode of 
             departure were agreed upon.
                  On Nov. 16, seven of the most industrious of the Brothers 
             set out with their superior for South Bend.  Eight days of their 
             journey were days of hardship; the air was piercingly cold, and 
             the little band moved forward straight towards the north.

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