Manuscript copy in Riel's hand and printed copy of a statement entitled 'The Spots of the Sun'. 1 page, dated at Fort Assiniboine, M. T., June 25th 1881. On reverse of printed copy is a draft of an Army Order issued by Capt. William H. McLaughlin, Fort Assiniboine, June 25, 1881.
The spots of the Sun The present and actual state of the sun is that of incandescence. After comparing the different hypotheses of astronomers, this seems to be the simplest and most probably true way to account for its great heat and its brilliant light. We know that the Sun wheels on itself with a great rapidity. The parts which are the farthest from its two poles, being the parts traveling with the greatest speed, are susceptible of more evaporation than the others. And they cool off the first. The cooling off of the surface of the sun brings certain parts of it to a solid state. It is like islands forming themselves in that incommensurable sea of fire. These islands are themselves nothing but continents perhaps far greater than the whole surface of our planet. And that is what we see with the telescope. We perceive them as spots. And so have they been called the sports of the sun. Perhaps have I well explained what it is. If so; my thanksgiving to God who created me and gave me good sense to understand and to explain his work. Louis Riel. Fort Assiniboine. June 25th 1881. entered according to act of congress, in the year of our Lord 1881.