I have decided to reject your rejection of this piece and to give you a chance to read it over again. I think you often are unduly influenced by bulk—that is, when you get three pieces at a time you think they can’t all be good, and then you go beyond that and think none of them can be good. The result: three rejections, which, of course, are unsalable elsewhere.
As a matter of fact when a writer writes in spurts, as I do, there is just as good a chance that everything he produces in a spurt will be good. In this case I happen to agree with you that one of the three pieces you just rejected is not the best I ever wrote, and that another of them could stand some rewriting. However you too frequently reject flatly when a piece could easily be salvaged. That is my squawk about some pieces. In the case of the enclosed I honestly think you ought to read it again.
 Unidentified; probably “that collage piece” mentioned in 8
February letter to William Maxwell.
The rest of the letter at the wonderful blog, Today In Letters.
Update: much mortified at having got John O'Hara mixed up with Frank; thanks Cheshire Cat.
I wish someone will tell me how to do a strike-thorough, so it doesn't look like I've sneakily altered the post in fundamental ways without acknowledging my carelessness.
Besides, I like strike-throughs.