Tuesday, Dec 23, 1873- Painted on my larger picture today and advanced it considerably. Received a note from Moore asking me to send the three little pictures which I immediately packed and sent by express. He said in his letter he had sold a picture of Casilears for $500 and one of Eastman Johnsons for $1250 but that times were very hard. I have felt in a depressed mood all day chiefly I think because I have been in the house three days without having taken any exercise. Received a letter from Alice Sawyer. I finished reading the "Mill on the Floss". Such books sadden me, the sorrows and failures of life are drawn with such vivid truth. I think the story has broken in upon my happy state of mind and revealed anew possibilities that await us. Still I was fascinated and held by the spell of a powerful genius.