Email: He apparently cancelled his service with Earthlink. I tried with an address of mine I had never used with him, and it bounced back. Coincidence, or the sign of someone who is entrenching himself? Personality: Passive-aggressive, yes, possibly. For that reason, I wouldn't want you to make a personal visit, it's not worth it. However, I wouldn't mind a phone call, as long as you have time and it won't cost you anything. I'll send you his telephone number. Records: Unfortunately, I emailed him both from my Hotmail address as well as from work. The records from Hotmail are all lost, as it doesn't automatically keep copies of sent mail. At work, I have one message that he sent me, saying he'd investigate why the student hasn't received the amount yet, (as well as several others): Me: Mr. M., > > The student says he has not received payment. Would you please check with > your bank? > > Thank you, > > Fabienne His reply: I will check into it. XX (first name) However, he doesn't know that I have deleted some of his emails. When I gave him the student's estimate, he did reply that it was fine with him, and that he wanted to pay me for all my research and time finding a paleographe.