The Oblate Missionaries themselves eagerly sought the “signal favor of going overseas and being the first of our Fathers to have the happiness of bringing the light of the Gospel to these poor people.” Even Tempier volunteered to be one of the vanguard. (Leflon 2, p. 332). The scholastic brother Ricard had written to Eugene:
“…on learning of the capture of Algiers you could not restrain your tears; as for me, I assure you that since hearing these happy tidings I rest no more …. Right at the beginning of this war, you showed very clearly that if it were possible, you would establish a mission in these infidel parts; a surprising success has just crowned the efforts of our troops and not doubting to see your plans soon realized, I have not been able to await your return in order to solicit the great favor of crossing the sea …” (Letter of Pascal Ricard to Eugene, July 1830, in Rey I, p. 486).
Eugene responded through Fr Tempier:
I beg you to say to Brother Ricard that his letter gave me the greatest pleasure; let him be at peace while awaiting God’s good time. The Lord will manifest his will to us when it pleases him, we will try to aid his plans but I am alarmed at the smallness of our numbers when considering a colony.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 15 July 1830, EO VII n 348