Monday, Nov 5, 1873- Took a walk this morning along the shore to the Point. At the mouth of the creek I made a drawing of a good subject for a picture - a morning effect of sails, shallow weedy water and a piece of a dock. The river is very interesting at this time of the year. When I came home I drew this subject on a small canvas to paint it. Received a letter from Fitch enclosing one from Laux from Rome. Fitch seems to have got the idea that I am not going to town this winter and from what he writes I fear that my embarassment and anxiety have been the subect of conversation. This is very disagreeable to me, but it is impossible for one who is dependent to be or seem independent. I wrote him returning Lauxs letter and told him that I had no intention of remaining here all winter but only so long as the weather was good and I could interest myself.