Babylon. The Good Major Expurgates the Sins of his Forefathers.

Updated: Feb 23

My Dearest,

This wax wafter takes me back to my youth, when life was fresh, experience plentiful and the future an endless horizon.

Babylon is a name which throughout the centuries has evoked an image of power, wealth, and splendour – and decadence. Indeed, in the biblical Book of Revelations, Rome is damned as the ‘Whore of Babylon’ – and was thus identified with a city whose image of lust and debauchery persisted and flourished long after the city itself had crumbled into dust.

In 1842, towards the end of what was then known as the ‘Grand Tour’ we found ourselves the guests of Maestro Verdi in Milan and experienced the very first night of his wonderous opera ‘Nabucco’.

So moved to tears was I at the conclusion of the slave chorus, my good husband the Major insisted on taking my Ruby earrings he had given me from his late mother’s estate, saying they had been financed with the blood of slaves during the sugar trade.

That evening he was gone for some time, no doubt to seek a buyer and expurgate the sins of his forefathers. Returning next morning he assured me a fair price had been obtained and the vile proceeds distributed amongst the fallen women of Milan.

Your devoted friend,

Ethelfreda Jelleyman.

My Babylon scented candle has notes of Pineapple and Mango. All candles are made from 100% soy wax, contain a minimum of 10% fragrance and are hand- poured at my workshop at Jelleymans Mill in Worcestershire They are vegan and make an ideal gift idea. Each candle arrives beautifully packaged with the related story on fine aged paper.

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