IN the year 1859, an appeal was made to the public for subscriptions, and in the month of August in that year, a Fancy Fair was held for the purpose of raising funds to repair such portions of Peel Castle and the Cathedral of St. Germans, as required immediate attention.
The subscriptions actually paid and the balance received from the Fancy Fair amounted to £236 6s 7d, Which sum, together with the entrance fees (sanctioned by the Lieut. Governor in 1871), has been expended in various repairs, and the removal of a large accumulation of debris.
His Excellency the Lieut.- Governor, being of opinion that an effort should be made to enlist public interest in the state of these ruins, with a view to their preservation, recently obtained the services of Robert Anderson, Esq., of Edinburgh, a gentleman Who has bestowed much time and study upon the preservation of similar works, to report thereon. Copies of His Excellencys letter to the High-Bailiff of Peel, and of Mr Andersons report, together with a photographic view of the Castle, accompany this circular.
As the funds annually available are insufficient for the purpose, the Committee (with the sanction and under the authority of the Lieut-Governor) issue this circular, and trust that you will assist them, both by subscribing and by collecting subscriptions, to carry out the repairs, which Mr Anderson deems of immediate and absolute necessity, for the security of these interesting ruins.
If you are disposed to contribute towards this desirable purpose, the Committee request that you will be so good as to enter the amount of your proposed donation on the enclosed form, and return the same at your earliest convenience.
By Authority of the Committee.
ROBERT J. MOORE, Hon. Secretaries WILLIAM HARRISON, and Treasurers.
Peel, Isle of Man, March 4, 1877.