Here is part of a letter from a Toulouse correspondent of the Morning Post deploring a proper lack of religious interest in the French town. The passage demonstrates the éclat caused by the rivalry between Paganini and Ernst in the south of France at this time:
Sunday at Toulouse, Toulouse, June 5th 1837
I could not but remark that the service was scarcely better attended than the music at our morning concerts. In fact, the affair, to the majority was a lounge and a conversazione. I overheard two devotees, who were crossing themselves repeatedly, and observing all the outward signs of religion, discussing most vehemently the merits of a violinist recently arrived in Toulouse, whose name is Ernst. I agreed fully in the criticism of one of the fair disputants, that whilst Ernst had a good tone and great capabilities, he was also quite a trickster, and a miserable imitator of Paganini.
Morning Post, 16/6/1837, p.2