Having read both petitions, and hearing what representatives of the two sides had to say, the Deputies, first to respond in a note dated October 20, 1683, came down heavily on the side of the Farmers, proposing that they be granted immediate permission to build a meetinghouse and call a minister. The Deputies even added a provision requiring the town of Cambridge to pay for the minister’s support until the town and the Farms negotiated a different arrangement. But the Magistrates vetoed this action by withholding consent.
The Magistrates' proposal was fortunately brief. As in the previous year, they called for a postponement until the next year’s spring session, and the deputies duly consented. The reason for the delay was different this year, since Cambridge had now been heard from. These brief notes give no hint of what that reason was, but an action taken in the first 1684 session (the next in this succession of documents) makes it clear.