Now that the door had been opened, Father Guibert wrote about the next step to be taken. (All the interactions were done by letter because Guibert was in Paris, Eugene was at ND du Laus and Henri Tempier was in Marseilles.)
The Bishop of Marseilles and the Bishop of Icosia will write letters to the king, calculated to remove any suspicion of hostility. The Bishop of Icosia, moreover, will assure the king that the charge of his being an enemy of the government was a calumny, that when he accepted the titular bishopric, if he had thought that this would pain his majesty, he would have refused; that, moreover, if there was anything irregular in that, he begs his majesty, by his sovereign will, to kindly remedy it.
Hippolyte Guibert to Bishops Fortuné and Eugene, 17 August 1835 quoted in Leflon II p 498
Eugene was not happy at having to overlook the harsh treatment he had received from the government and to pretend that it had all been his fault.
My dear Tempier, you saw in my last letter that I agree with what Guibert sends you without raising any doubts that he has been able to prepare the way and that the King showed himself to be very disposed.
As to the letter you advise me to write, I don’t think it opportune at this moment, for it would be difficult to do it without humiliating oneself. When I have received justice, if they decide to do so, then will be the time to say thank you; but now, when I am still liable to be rejected, I put too much at risk. That Minister has taught me to fear those kinds of set-backs; I still remember the insolent reply he gave to my generous overtures; so I am not going to write. I want at least to preserve my dignity, even if I am the victim of injustice and calumny.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 21 August 1835, EO VIII n 535
Tempier’s replied, not hiding his exasperation:
Oh, how tedious it all is when we apply the zeal and activity that we have put into this affair! This lack of appreciation takes away half of my strength and courage and I admit that if my motives for acting were not as strong as they are and if the person in whose favor we are so concerned were not so close to me and dear to my heart, I would take it much, much easier. . .
Letter of Henri Tempier to Eugene de Mazenod, 23 August 1835, EO2 Tempier n 82