University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 94        during which they seriously compromised their reputation in the 
             eyes of the public, as far as regards good order, charity, and the 
             religious spirit.  The Brothers perhaps suffered least.
                  The college shared in the effects of a general impression to
             the disadvantage of the institution.  The printing office was 
             closed; the affairs of Kentucky gave the administration no little 
             trouble; whilst Mr. Badin alone caused as much annoyance as all 
             the rest put together.  Some merchants would give no peace until 
             they had received the full amounts of their bills.  In a word, 
             during almost all this time there reigned in the house a feeling 
             of uncertainty and embarrassment.
                  On the other hand the resources that F. Sorin had hoped to 
             find in Europe could not be realized according to his views.  A 
             delay of several weeks prevented him from visiting Ireland, to 
             which country he had several recommendations that carried weight 
             with them, and where he would have found vocations for the 
                  When he reached the Mother House, whither more than one 
             calumny had preceded him, he perhaps too readily looked upon it as 
             beneath him to justify himself of charges wherein he had never 

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