University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 416       regard to his wish and fixed resolve to take possession of the 
             college as soon as it would be possible for him to do so, without 
             any regard to the engagements of his predecessor, which he never 
             recognized in this matter.  Now he knew better than anybody that 
             in a city like Chicago it would be rash for a religious 
             Congregation to attempt to hold a college or a school of any kind 
             without the good will of the Bishop; but that it would be folly to 
             hope to succeed against his will.  In vain would talent and 
             devotedness combine:  they would fail against the opposition of 
             the Ordinary.
                  When therefore in the month of August 1859 Mgr. Duggan 
             appeared to have returned of his own accord to such dispositions 
             as F. Sorin could desire, and when he promised the establishments 
             of Chicago the protection that was necessary for them, the 
             Congregation believed in his word and had not the least doubt but 
             that he would be a benefactor, and would more than repay them for 
             the considerable damage that his opposition had caused since his 
             coming to the episcopal see.

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