To Maria Hooker1 21 February [1859?]2
Down Bromley Kent
Dear Lady Hooker
On my return home last night I had the pleasure of receiving your Ladyships letter.— I have already given my Proxy in accordance with Mr. Pagets request;3 but I am almost sure that it was in favour of Mr Kingdon;4 yet I received so many applications & the names being all new, I am not quite certain; but I hope that my impression is correct.—
I am very much obliged for your kind enquiries about my family; & am glad to hear a good account of Sir William.— I beg leave to remain
Dear Lady Hooker | Yours truly obliged | Ch. Darwin
Has given proxy according to James Paget’s request. Almost sure it is in favour of [J. A.?] Kingdon [for election to Athenaeum?].