'Dear Mr Crisp,

In conformity with the request contained in your letter of the 17th, I enclose you a Photograph taken in Boston U.S. two years ago, which my friends consider the best representation of my usual aspect than has been thus obtained. I am not a good subject for Photography; my expression, when 'screwed' into position, not being that which is habitual to me. And if the Photo I enclose should not prove suitable for copying by the Photogravure [sic] process, I will make another trial with some London photographer.

Believe me,

Yours faithfully,

William B. Carpenter.'