Address in Riel's hand to Lieutenant Governor re lands, promises made, with criticism of Archibald McDonald, and Edward McKay of the Hudson's Bay Co. Dated at Qu'Appelle Lake, August 19, 1873. English.
To Your Majesty Lieutenant Governor, We addressing to your Majesty. The time is past the promises you made to us, we thinking long for that promis. That is the reason we are adressing to your Majesty. We made an assembly the public to council thes affairs for the promise you have made to us, and try to send us as soon as possible. We know we have our rights in our native lands, you told us to be quiet and peace and its all right and peaceable. It is only the H.B.C. chief trader, Archibald McDonald, Swan River district that is put the trouble and Edward McKay tell so much lies to the governement and to the indians, you can beleive the public than two or three men; do not listen any lies. We are afraid to put the trouble at last with their lies. We do not know if your Majesty tells them to come and tell lies. We are afraid of their lies. All what was said, last winter against the halfbreads, it is all lies, we have found out, that it is Archibald McDonald and Edward McKay to make bad friends.