You have travelled more than four hundred miles from Saskatchewan as delegates from communities to ask advice on difficulties which have rendered the North West unhappy; you want me and my family to go back with you; you assure me of a friendly welcome; your visit does me honor; I pray your delegation may become a blessing; I doubt whether my advice could cross the border and retain any influence; the Canadian Government owe me 240 acres of land and have deprived me of my properties; my claims hold good though I have become an American citizen; I accept your invitation; I will go and spend some time amongst you; by petitioning we all have the good fortune of obtaining something; my intention is to come back early this fall; the half breed element in Montana is a strong one; I would like to unite and direct its vote.
Gentlemen, You have travelled more than five hundred Miles, from the Saskatchewan country, across the international line, to make me a visit. The communities in the midst of which you live, have sent you as their Delegates to ask my advice on various difficulties which have rendered the British Northwest, as yet unhappy, under the Ottawa government. Moreove you invite me to go and stay amongst you: your hope being that I for one, could help to better, in some respect, your condition. Cordial and pressing is your invitation. You want me and my family to accompany you. I am at liberty to say no. Yet you are waiting for me, so that I have only to get ready. And your letters of Delegation give me the assurance that a friendly welcome awaits me in the midst of those who have sent you. Gentlemen, your personal visit does me honor and causes me great pleasure. But on account of its representative character, your coming to me has the proportions of a remarkable fact. I record it as one of the gratifications of my life. It is a good event which my family will remember. And I pray to God that your Delegation may become a blessing amongst the blessing of this my fourtieth year. To be franc is always the best, the most expedient and the shortest. I doubt whether my advice given to you on this soil., concerning affairs on Canadian Territory, could cross the borders and