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On the other hand, select pupils from various parts came to attend his Greek or Oriental lectures, or to pursue their linguistic studies privately under his direction.    One of these, the Abate Celestino Cavedoni, now librarian of the Este Library at Modena , and one of the most eminent antiquarians of Italy , was his pupil from 1816 -till   1821.    With this excellent  youth Mezzofanti formed a cordial friendship ; and after Cavedoni's re-turn  to   Modena ,  they  maintained   a  steady   and affectionate, although not very frequent, correspon-dance until Mezzofanti's final removal from Bologna Another was Dr. LiborioVeggetti, the present occupant of Mezzofanti's ancient office in the university library, an office which he owes to the warm recommendation of his former master. A third was the still more dis¬tinguished scholar, Ippolito Rosellini, the associate and successor of Champollion in his great work on Egyptian antiquities. Rosellini, who was a native of Pisa, had distinguished himself so much during his early studies in that university, that, on the death of Malanima, the professor of oriental languages, in 1819, Rosellini, then only in his nineteenth year, was provisionally selected to succeed him. It was ordered, neverthe¬less, that he should first prepare himself by a regular course of study; and with this view he was sent, at the charge of his government, to attend in Bologna the lectures of the great master of oriental studies. Mezzofanti entered with all his characteristic kindness and ardour into the young man's project. He sent him with a warm letter of recommendation, May 17, 1823, to his friend De Rossi, at Parma ; later in the same year, by the representation which he made of his industry and progress, he obtained for him an increase of the pension which had been assigned for his pro¬bationary studies; and in the work on the Hebrew Vowel-points,' which Rosellini published in Bologna, Note 1 he owed much to. the kind criticism and advice of his master. He remained at Bologna till 1824, when his appointment was made absolute, and he returned to Pisa to enter upon its duties. The dis¬tinguished after career of Rosellini is well-known.

I shall only add, that through life he entertained the most grateful recollection of his old master, and that, on his return from the Egyptian expedition, he made a special visit to Rome for the purpose of seeing him. Note 2

The Abate Cavedoni, who, on his return to Modena, as we have seen, continued to correspond for many years with Mezzofanti, has kindly communicated to me those of Mezzofanti's letters which he has preserved. They contain some interesting particulars of a portion of his life regarding which few other notices have been published.

In addition to his public lectures in the university and his occupation as librarian, he still continued to give private instructions in languages. Mr. Francis Hare, elder brother of the late Archdeacon Julius Hare, learned Italian under his direction. The Countess of Granville, then residing in the family of her aunt, the Countess Marescalchi, remembers to have received her first lessons in English from him. A young Franciscan of the principality of Bosnia prepared himself for his mission by studying Turkish under his tuition. Many other foreigners were among his pupils.

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Note 1
In 1823. See an interesting biography in the Memorie di Modena

Manavit, p. 51.

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