Chroniques de N. D. du Lac
When Julius Caesar wrote about himself, he generally did so
in the third person. In his Chronicles, Father Sorin
followed Caesar's example. In the first chapter he described
the voyage from France and the trip from New York to Vincennes.
For two years, the Brothers of St. Joseph had been expected
at Vincennes, and during all that time it had been impossible for
F. Moreau, their Superior General, to comply with the urgent
requests of Mgr. De la Hailandiere. At last, on Aug 5th, the
feast of Our Lady of the Snows, the first colony took its
departure, after a most impressive and touching ceremony. The
novelty of the event had attracted a numerous gathering of
patrons and friends of the house. On this occasion, F. Moreau
seemed to surpass himself, and he communicated to his entire
audience his own emotions.
The first colony was composed of F. Sorin and Bros. Vincent,
Joachim, Lawrence, and Mary, professed, with whom were associated
two young novices of fifteen, Bros. Gatien and Anselm, who were
intended to become teachers.
-- Opening lines of Sorin's Chronicles
translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895.