(Livingston, Montana: 1971). First edition. BOTH LETTERS are on McGuane’s Livingston Montana letterhead, addressed to “Dear Zig” at Ziegler, Ross, Tennant, Inc., on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and SIGNED “LOVE . . . TOM.” The first one, dated 7/7/71, thanks Ziegler for “the thoughtful presents,” saying first-wife “Becky and I, as not quite grown ups, take an inordinate pleasure in [underlined] surprises.” He goes on to talk about an unnamed screenplay (“I gathered that things were not going exactly swimmingly”), his desire to write an original screenplay, and concerns about doing so when “chances of its getting done were at a minimum,” as well as discussing current magazine publications. The second one, dated 8/10/71, identifies the screenplay project as for THE BUSHWHACKED PIANO (“I hope something breaks soon; but will not in any case hold my breath”); discusses Becky winning a blue ribbon at the county fair “soundly trouncing a large number of ambitious ranch ladies”; and talks about hoping to share screenplay ideas saying, “Please keep me in mind .... I very much liked writing the Piano; and making money is one of the last of the simple pleasures.” 8.5 x 11” watermarked Neenah Bond paper creased and a little tanned where previously folded to sixths but otherwise very good to near fine with agency's dated, light “received” stamp on each.