Eugene had learnt to be patient in regard to rushing into new missionary ventures. The previous year, 1829, he had gone to the Kingdom of Sardinia to see about an Oblate establishment there, but his haste had been futile and nothing had come of it. Now he took the question of sending missionaries to Algeria much more calmly – and relying on longer discernment and prayer.
… On that occasion, I took the resolution never to rush the time of Providence and in the future to allow myself to be led quite gently by it, to let it speak twice, lest I not understand its adorable designs very well.
Letter to Bishop Billiet, 7 June 1830, EO XIII n.74
It was advice he gave to two of the Oblate communities who were pressurizing him to send Oblates to the newly-opened opportunity for evangelization in Algeria.
… I see by the letter of Honorat that they are much too concerned with Algeria. Tell the two houses that that is enough. When the time comes, if indeed it comes, then we shall see. For now, let each mind his business, let each prepare for any eventuality by study and by piety and let them await without commotion and without care for the good God to show us his plans.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 1 August 1830, EO VII n. 351