To the Editor of the Times,
Sir - A little light might be shed, with advantage, upon the high-handed methods of the Passport Department at the Foreign Office. On the form provided for the purpose, I described my face as 'intelligent'. Instead of finding the characterization entered, I have recieved a passport on which some official, utterly unknown to me, has taken it upon himself to call my face 'oval'.
Yours very truly,
Mr. Bassett Digby
The Times, 17.02.1915
(geciteerd in Martin Lloyd, The Passport. The history of Man's Most Travelled Document, Sutton Publishing, Londen, 2003.)