Monday, Dec 22, 1873- Have a very sore throat and not feeling well have painted but little today. Received a note from V[?] the agent of the Studio Building enclosing my bill. How I hate to receive such a document when I am not in condition to pay it. It has disturbed my whole day. I was reading the Mill on the Floss and this came just as I was in the midst of Tullivers failure and troubles. Somehow it gave a sharp point to the scene. A very [?] and friendly letter came from Mr. & Mrs. Church for me to come and make them a long visit. It almost seems churlish to refuse but I cant go now. Answered Mrs. Churchs letter.