deponent answered that he was very little acquainted with any body, but thought Mr. Monroe a most virtuous and respectable man.
Does not the law require that every accuser or deponent should have been a witness of the crime?
And the principle probably extends to cases where the deponent is insane, or kept away by the person accused.
Where they belong in the absence of these, deponent sayeth not.
But, to be serious, has my critic done as much in journalism or the literary world as your deponent?
That deponent is informed, and believes that the said clerk's name is John Hallet.
The deponent might be influenced by rancour against his late employer.
Farther than that, this deponent saith not, and will not say.
All that the deponent could understand was the word Barrabast.
Accordingly he did so, which writing is in possession of the deponent.
1520s, originally grammatical (of verbs passive in form but active in sense), from Latin deponentem "putting down or aside," present participle of deponere (see deposit (v.)). Noun meaning "one who makes a deposition" is from 1540s.