She was immediately deposed, however, by Herbert, who silently led me into the parlor and shut the door.
Nobody doubted it; but Compeyson, who had meant to depose to it, was tumbling on the tides, dead, and it happened that there was not at that time any prison officer in London who could give the required evidence.
Therefore, fearing he should be called upon to depose about this destroyed child, and so be the cause of her death, he hid himself (much as he grieved for the child), kept himself dark, as he says, out of the way and out of the trial, and was only vaguely talked of as a certain man called Abel, out of whom the jealousy arose.
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The lawyer deposed the witness.
In 1571, Elizabeth learned of the plot to depose her and restore Catholicism by replacing her with Mary.