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In Chapter 2, dealing with the early life of Tischendorf, Daniels calls attention to the fact that Tischendorf (a very young, Lutheran text scholar of no reputation) had a private audience with Pope Gregory shortly before his "discovery" of the Sinaiticus manuscript at St. Catherine's monastary in the Sinai. This, in and of itself, is extraordinary. Perhaps more extraordinary, however, is that for the remainder of his life, though never shy about mentioning his meeting with the Pope, Tischendorf refrained from revealing what was discussed during that meeting. Strange, no?
There was a Cardinal Mia and a famed Cardinal by the name of Mesofonte, (not sure about the spelling), who was present along with the Pope. It was said that the Cardinal Mesofonte could speak many languages and that he had produced some verses in Greek praising Tischendorf.