“Sir, A little light might be shed, with advantage, upon the high-handed methods of the Passports Department at the Foreign Office. On the form provided for the purpose I described my face as ‘intelligent.’ Instead of finding this characterization entered, I have received a passport on which some official utterly unknown to me has taken it upon himself to call my face ‘oval.’ Yours very truly, Bassett Digby”

— A 1915 letter to The Times of London quoted in Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars (1980) by Paul Fussell


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