13th October 1840
I am induced by the partiality of my friends, to offer myself as a Candidate for the important Office of Chancellor, <1> which has become vacant by the decease of the venerable Marquis Camden, <2> & I am induced to do so with more confidence in consequence of my close Official connection with The University.
Should you deem me worthy of your choice for an Office so honorable and so dignified, I can with sincerity assure you that my best exertions shall be devoted to maintain the true Interests of the University.
I have the Honor to be
Your obedient Servant
P.S. The Election will take place on Wednesday the 21st instant.
Cockspur Street –
1. Percy became the next Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1840–1847).
2. John Jeffreys Pratt, Marquis Camden (1834–1840).
3. Address panel written in another hand.