Author of Essay on a Union of Ireland with England (Dublin 1704);
favoured Union of Great Britain and Ireland on the grounds of commercial
advantage; also Reasons Offered for Erecting a Bank in Ireland (1721).
See Caroline Robbins, The Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman (London
J. A. Froude, The History of the English in Ireland (1895), discourses at length on his pamphlet Essay on a Union of Ireland with
England (1704), in which Maxwell, expressing the general sense
of intelligent Anglo-Irishmen, had foretold that, with discouraged industry
and a continued separate political existence, Ireland must inevitably
fall back into the hands of the Celts. (Vol. 1 [bk 2, chp. 2 Sect.
Jim Smyth, Anglo-Irish Discourse
c.1656-1707: From Harrington to Fletcher, in Bullán: A Journal of Irish Studies,
2, 1 (Summer 1995), pp.17-34, esp. p.26ff.: Maxwells manipulation
of the standing army scare in his discourse on union places him squarely
in the neo-Harrington school (the defence of Coeana fell to a citizen
militia), even if he used it to turn Harringtons theory of provinces
neatly on its heat.
There is no Dictionary of National Biography [ODNB] article on Henry Maxwell.