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The Blackett family of Matfen Hall are descended from the 17th century Blackett family of Newcastle. We are grateful to Sir Hugh Blackett for granting free access to the contents of these papers, which expedited their transcription. Their manuscripts include a few papers which survive from the early generations of Blacketts (ZBL 2, 193), and many more received by John Erasmus Blackett (1729-1814) or from him, and filed either by him or a later resident at Matfen: ZBL 205-26. He was part of the Blackett Matfen family and for many years also chief agent to the Beaumont family, whose papers are in the Allendale Estates collection (NRO 672/2762). This branch of the Blackett family was active in the lead industry in its own right, and a number of accounts relating to mines and smelting at Fallowfield near Acomb (north of Hexham) can be found amongst the ZBL papers held at Woodhorn. The ZBL 231 file also includes a single short letter extracted from ZBL 232, from Sir John Trevelyan to JEB informing him of the death of Sir Walter Blackett. ZBL 192 is a copy letter book kept by John Blackett (1683-1750), third son of Sir Edward Blackett, 2nd baronet, while he was a merchant in Rotterdam from 1708. ZBL 195 contains some matching inbound correspondence from other merchants and a variety of other papers in the collection of John Blackett. ZBL 260 is a collection of miscellaneous letters, many to JEB.