Jean Baptiste Honorat had been superior of the house in Nimes, but the events after the 1830 Revolution had forced te closure of the house and the departure of the community. The governnet was not allowing the preaching of parish missions, thus Fr Honorat proposed a different ministry not connected with parish missions.
I have had a letter from Honorat, as I expected, but I do not mean to write in reply as I think you are in correspondence with him. Please convey to him my opinion on the matter he asked me about. Full of zeal for the salvation of souls, he would like to preach to the poor, from place to place, convinced that his ministry would not be unfruitful, seeking nothing but the glory of God, and not wanting any wages other than his daily bread.
His noble convictions evoke my admiration although they do not surprise me; this holy priest is fully equal to all the demands of his state of life and is capable of exceptional zeal.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 20 January 1831, EO VIII n 382