Israel Mauduit

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Israel Mauduit (1708 – 14 June 1787) was a British merchant, writer and colonial agent. His surname is sometimes spelled as Maudit.

Mauduit was born in 1708, the son of a dissenting religious minister Isaac Mauduit.[1] His brother was Jasper Mauduit who was also a colonial agent.

Mauduit is best remembered for his popular political pamphlet Considerations on the Present German War. The work was an attack on British continental involvement which included the presence of British troops in the army of Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick and the annual subsidies paid to Britain's German allies during the Seven Years' War. The work was first published in November 1760, and went through five editions.[2] The pamphlet was released amidst rising opposition to Britain's involvement in the German War.

Mauduit later served as colonial agent for Massachusetts.[3] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1751.[4]


  • Anderson, Fred. Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754–1766. Faber and Faber, 2000.
  • Harding, Nick. Hanover and the British Empire, 1700–1837. The Boydell Press, 2007.
  • Seed, John. Dissenting Histories: Religious Division and the Politics of Memory in Eighteenth-Century England. Edinburgh University Press, 2008.


  1. ^ Seed p. 190
  2. ^ Harding p.184
  3. ^ Anderson p.574
  4. ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 

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