When news of the capture of Algiers arrived on July 9, public delirium reached its peak… The general enthusiasm gripped even the bishop’s palace. Writing to Father de Mazenod, Tempier informed him:
At two o’clock, all the church bells were rung, by order of His Excellency, the Bishop. The general had a twenty-five gun salute fired. As though by spontaneous action, the city was bedecked with flags. In the evening, Marseilles was brilliantly illuminated. Everyone, excepting the liberals, embraced one another in the streets. With cannon fire in the background, the bishop composed a pastoral letter; he missed your presence sorely. (Father Tempier to Father de Mazenod (July 10 or 11, 1830). Cited by Rey, I, 486. )
Leflon 2 p 331- 332
It is you who have given me the splendid news about Algeria. I read your letter under a tree at Rambaud; I was moved by gratitude towards God, ecstatic with joy …. I admire the promptness of the resolutions of our very dear Bishop; he is always the first to make the right response.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 15 July 1830, EO VII n 348
It was the joy of a missionary who saw the horizons of evangelization opening up in the African continent.