Books: Along Brandywine Creek

THE DU PONTS OF DELAWARE by William H. A. Carr. 368 pages. Dodd, Mead $6.95.

Every New Year's Day, the men of the Du Pont family gather in the mansions on the old home grounds hard by Brandywine Creek in northern Delaware. Once assembled, they band themselves into little troops and march off to the several family villas and châteaux in the area to pay their respects to the waiting Du Pont womenfolk. This is an admirable rite, steeped as it is in tradition, but it has its practical side as well: there are...

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