TabsRecord DataSource citation: Moncure Daniel Conway, Diary, 1851-1853, MC 1999.6, Moncure Daniel Conway Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, p. 140-141. Author: Conway, Moncure DanielType: DiaryDate Certainty: ExactTranscriber: Michael BlakeTranscription date: 07/10/2007 TranscriptionThe following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original. 17th. My 21st birthday! This morning I thought the Irish girl who attended the room would eat me up because I was born on St. Patrick's Day. - This a beautiful day. Ma writes me abt. the use of my "freedom in years" which I have now attained. My dear kind mother is able to prophesy what of my majority, - for I shall never want nor have more freedom from my parents than I've ever had - which surely is all I should have. In all my life I never pined for this day. O my Father may I be Thine, - may I never outgrow humility and modesty: do then watch over me in the world as my mother & father watched in my unconscious childhood. - I went at night to the Cath. Ch. heard a rhapsody from a Jesuit priest on St. Patrick. They sang St. Pat's day.