An extract from the letter advising Henri Tempier for his visitation to Aix. It has no deep content, but is an example of the tendency of Eugene to micro-manage. As superior of the Oblates, nothing escaped his notice to ensure the smooth running of his communities.
I have spoken with Fr. Courtès about the inconvenience of the parlour. He feels this as much as I do, but the difficulty is to find a remedy. During his visit, you cannot refrain from speaking about it. I think that some of the inconvenience could be avoided by their abstaining from entering the parlour during recreation.
Another practical issue was always that of money. The Oblate missionaries received their livelihood from the ministry they were doing. Those training to be Oblates, however, brought in no income but had to be fed and looked after, which was a large expense.
While making your visit at Aix, do not forget to decide on the remuneration for the chaplain of the boarding school of Mlle. Chaniac. In the present state of our poor financial position, we must positively know on what we ought to count. I would wish that we would decline any gift of sacred vessels. The house is richly enough provided. If there are some well disposed people, we ought not to be averse to receiving donations for it is money that we need in order to feed our novices.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 16 July 1829, EO VII n 333