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updated 12/2/2004 7:16:02 PM ET 2004-12-03T00:16:02

Following is the letter of resignation sent Nov. 22 by John Danforth, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. It was obtained Thursday by NBC News:

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Dear Mr. President:

After a lot of thought and prayer, Sally and I have decided to return to private life, hopefully beginning January 20 2005.

I want you to know how much I appreciate the opportunity to serve the United States at the United Nations. It has been an important time to be in this position, especially as we attempt to enlist greater UN participation in the future of Iraq, and as we advance the interest you have personally shown in helping the desperate people of Sudan. I am proud to be part of your administration.

Forty-seven years ago, I married the girl of my dreams, and at this point in my life, what is most important to me is to spend more time with her. Because you know Sally, you know my reason for going home.

In your second administration, there may be occasions when I can serve you from St. Louis, as I did as your special envoy for peace in Sudan. If so, please do not hesitate to call. In the meantime, I hope you will always know that I am your friend.

Sincerely,

Jack Danforth

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