Letter of resignation
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A letter of resignation is written to announce the author's intent to leave a position currently held, such as an office, employment or commission.
A formal letter with minimal expression of courtesy is then-President Richard Nixon's letter of resignation under the terms of a relatively unknown law passed by Congress March 1, 1792, likely drafted in response to the Constitution having no direct procedure for how a president might resign. Delivered to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on 9 August 1974, it read simply, "I hereby resign the Office of President of the United States." It was simply dated, but Kissinger also recorded upon it the time of receipt.
- Richard M. Nixon’s Resignation Letter, 08/09/1974 Description of letter at US National Archives
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