How to Write a Resignation Letter
Sample Letter of Resignation
13 March 1889
To the Right Honble Lord Mayor,
My Lord Mayor,
I shall be obliged by your submitting to the Court of
Common Council my resignation of the Headmastership of the
City of London School to take effect next Michaelmas.
The responsibilities of the office must, under any
circumstances, heavily tax the energy as well as the
intellectual qualifications of the Headmaster for the times
being; and the burden has been increased by the important
changes in the course of study introduced by the Court last
year, changes which--though beneficial in themselves, if
well supervised controlled and directed--require increased
rather than failing powers in the Headmaster, to supervise,
and possibly to modify or develop them.
To discharge these responsibilities, after upwards of
three and twenty years of service, I no longer feel fully
competent. Were I to attempt the task, the kindness of the
Court towards me who has served them for a considerable
period to the best of his ability, would I dare say,
tolerate me for another five, or even for another ten years.
But the past history and the high reputation of the school
preclude me from thus trespassing upon tolerance. One who is
content to be tolerated is probably not fit to be the
Headmaster of any school, and certainly not of that which
bears the name of the City of London.
In the hope that the prosperity which has attended the
schoool for the last fifty years may continue without a
break, and with every expression of respect and gratitude to
the Court for their unvarying support and encouragement of
the school, I beg to place my resignation in their hands.
I have the honour to be, My Lord Mayor,
Your Lordship's most obedient servant
Edwin A. Abbott.