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• Richard Nixon
Letter to Spiro T. Agnew About His Decision to Resign as Vice President
October 10, 1973
Dear Ted:

The most difficult decisions are often those that are the most personal, and I know your decision to resign as Vice President has been as difficult as any facing a man in public life could be. Your departure from the Administration leaves me with a great sense of personal loss. You have been a valued associate throughout these nearly five years that we have served together. However, I respect your decision, and I also respect the concern for the national interest that led you to conclude that a resolution of the matter in this way, rather than through an extended battle in the Courts and the Congress, was advisable in order to prevent a protracted period of national division and uncertainty.

As Vice President, you have addressed the great issues of our times with courage and candor. Your strong patriotism, and your profound dedication to the welfare of the Nation, have been an inspiration to all who have served with you as well as to millions of others throughout the country.

I have been deeply saddened by this whole course of events, and I hope that you and your family will be sustained in the days ahead by a well-justified pride in all that you have contributed to the Nation by your years of service as Vice President.



[The Vice President, Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.]

Citation: Richard Nixon: "Letter to Spiro T. Agnew About His Decision to Resign as Vice President", October 10, 1973. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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