Tuesday, Dec 9, 1873- I have finished reading for the second time Renan's Life of Jesus. The first time I did not read it sufficiently carefully, this time I fully comprehended his theory and I confess it accords almost entirely with my own convictions. It seems to me sound and logical and more comprehensible than any religious dogma I know of. Yesterday morning I walked out to the "Roatina" after breakfast. The ground was frozen and the walking excellent allowing me to go any where. I enjoyed my walk exceedingly. After I came back I painted the remainder of the day. General Armstrong, principal of the Hampton School for educating the blacks came here this afternoon with a letter of introduction from Major Wilkinson. He is in charge of a company of the students who give concerts of the characteristic Negro Music like the Jubilee Singers. We of course invited him to stay with us and in the evening we all went to the concert which was a great success in every way. The General staid with us over night and left this morning. We found him intelligent, liberal and entertaining and enjoyed his visit very much.