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ating the prince of Orange their stadtholder, prepared to levy money and troops. In 1575 1575. Zealand joined with Holland in demanding for freedom some better safeguard than the word of Philip II., and in November of the following year nearly all 1576. the provinces united to drive foreign troops from their soil. The spirit that animates them, said Sydney to Queen Elizabeth, is the spirit of God, and is invincible. The particular union of five northern provinces at Chap. XV.} 1579. Utrecht, in January, 1579, perfected the insurrection by forming the basis of a sovereignty; and when their ablest chiefs were put under the ban and a price offered for the assassination of the Prince of Orange, the deputies in the assembly at the Hague, on the twenty-sixth of July, 1581, making few changes in 1581 July 26. their ancient laws, declared their independence by abjuring their king. The prince, said they, in their manifesto, is made for the subjects, without whom there would be no pri