University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 168       Archbishop, who rather than make up his mind to an energetic 
             proceeding, the only one, possibly, that could save the Society, 
             preferred to take upon himself, so to say, to be responsible for 
             F. Gouesse for the future.
                  F. Gouesse was therefore left to him, and F. Sorin started 
             back with F. Cointet on January 3, 1853 for Notre Dame du Lac, 
             apparently satisfied with the written promises of F. Gouesse, but 
             in his heart pitying the saintly prelate and the members of the 
             community on account of the troubles which he foresaw would result 
             from this act of weakness, however, it might be dignified by the 
             name of prudence.
                  His fears were in reality only too well founded; they were 
             soon realized in their full extent.  The first of his acts was to 
             represent to Sainte Croix the inconveniences of the correspondence 
             between the members of the Asylum and the Provincial of the Lake.  
             A command was issued to all of them to discontinue it, and to 
             receive no obediences from F. Sorin.  Some weeks later of 
             prohibition also arrived against sending any money of the next 
             half year of the month of May--and all this without giving F. 
             Sorin the least intimation that his powers of Provincial had been 
             at all curtailed.  

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