Cunningham was appalled. "This is going to reflect badly on you," she told him.
Finally he backed down. He decided that he would give the reporters a copy of the resignation letter
and limit any on-the-record comments to a few bland statements.
Jobs had considered just mailing in his letter of resignation,
but Susan Barnes convinced him that this would be too contemptuous.
Instead he drove it to Markkula's house, where he also found Al Eisenstat.
There was a tense conversation for about fifteen minutes;
then Barnes, who had been waiting outside, came to the door to retrieve him before he said anything he would regret.
He left behind the letter, which he had composed on a Macintosh and printed on the new LaserWriter:
September 17, 1985 Dear Mike:
This morning's papers carried suggestions that Apple is considering removing me as Chairman.
I don't know the source of these reports but they are both misleading to the public and unfair to me.
You will recall that at last Thursday's Board meeting
I stated I had decided to start a new venture and I tendered my resignation as Chairman.
The Board declined to accept my resignation and asked me to defer it for a week.
I agreed to do so in light of the encouragement the Board offered with regard to the proposed new venture and the indications that Apple would invest in it.
On Friday, after I told John Sculley who would be joining me,
he confirmed Apple's willingness to discuss areas of possible collaboration between Apple and my new venture.
Subsequently the Company appears to be adopting a hostile posture toward me and the new venture.
Accordingly, I must insist upon the immediate acceptance of my resignation.
As you know, the company's recent reorganization left me with no work to do and no access even to regular management reports.
I am but 30 and want still to contribute and achieve.
After what we have accomplished together, I would wish our parting to be both amicable and dignified. Yours sincerely, Steven P.Jobs