The vocation of the student could find fulfilment only in the religious orders.
My vocation is to be happy with another kind of happiness, the happiness of love and self-sacrifice.
Hence came his " conversion," and the sense of vocation for the ministry which impelled him in 1822 to enter Manchester College, then lodged at York.
The time of respite had been wasted, all attempts at national reformation had failed; how should Yahweh spare a nation which had shown no tokens of fitness to discharge the vocation of Yahweh's people ?
It was not a suitable vocation, and he gladly accepted the rectorship of the Aegidien-gymnasiurn in Nuremberg, a post which he held from December 1808 to August 1816.