Another record of a family, this time the Ridgelys of Delaware, over a century and a half, records preserved in letters from Colonial and Federal Delaware. Editorial judgment has chosen for publication letters reflecting the social and political life:-letters from parents to children; from young people away on visits or at school; letters describing social doings, family affairs, clothes, friendly and occasionally intimate- for those days-personal bits. There are letters of courtship and marriage; letters that give glimpses of life at Eden Hill Farm and on the Green in Dover. There are connecting links outlining the historical background. There is explanation of items of interest- Anthony Wayne's courtship- Caesar Rodney's connection with the family, etc.