People began to congratulate Eugene on his appointment as Bishop of Marseilles. To his Oblate brothers, Eugene confided his true sentiments.
My dear Courtès, it is a consolation for me, in my disappointment to see you pleased and satisfied at the trick my Uncle has just played on me. My plan was quite different, it was more to my taste, to my inclination, I like to believe that it offered less advantages to the Congregation.
We must not think of it any more. God seems to have given the verdict, my duty will be to do my best in the new position where his Providence is placing me.
I have always feared pastoral responsibility. It weighs very heavily on me. As long as work was only a burden, I carried it willingly; in the future, it will not be so. I shall narrate to you how all this happened, when we meet next.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 16 April 1837, EO IX n 612
To his medical doctor, to whom he was very close, he wrote:
One day I will tell you just how my good and venerable uncle played this trick on me. He has never been so gleeful as since he pulled this off, he laughs, sings, he is almost tempted to boast about it, I am the only one put out in this whole affair in which someone has been dealing under the table!
Letter to Doctor M. d’Astros, 16 April 1837, EO XV n 183