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Although the writing required by the statute of frauds need not be contained in a single document, see, e.g., Anderson v. KFBB Broadcasting Corp., 143 Mont. 423, 391 P.2d 2, 5 (1964); Johnson v. Elliott, 123 Mont. 597, 218 P.2d 703, 707 (1950), the writings together must contain all the essential elements of a contract, including evidence of the parties' assent to be bound to the terms of the agreement. Mont.Code Ann. Sec. 28-2-102 (1987); Weigand v. Montana Land & Real Estate Invs., Inc., 724 P.2d 194, 196 (Mont.1986). While parol evidence may not be used to supply an essential contract term, see Dineen v. Sullivan, 123 Mont. 195, 213 P.2d 241, 243 (1949), such evidence is admissible to explain ambiguities. See, e.g., McNabb v. Norine, 204 Mont. 330, 664 P.2d 927, 929-30 (1983); Johnson v. Ogle, 120 Mont. 176, 181 P.2d 789, 791 (1947).

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