A month later, the Chancery Court had handed down the writ of scire facias that sank the Massachusetts Bay colony's charter for good and all. When the news got to Boston in September, everyone knew that the game was over. On October 23, 1684, just a week before the Magistrates’ second response (for that year) to the Farmer's petition, the charter awarded in 1629 by King Charles I was finally “Vacated, Cancelled, and annihilated” by the authority of his son. That date, October 23, was the deadline for appearing before the Chancery Court to contest the writ—a deadline that the government knew the colony couldn’t meet.
A couple of years passed as James got himself into continually deeper trouble with his subjects, until England’s Glorious Revolution, late in 1688, put an end to his reign. It took some time for the news to reach Boston, but Andros was overthrown the following spring.
During the interim between Andros’ downfall in 1689 and the arrival of the new charter in 1692, the General Court was brought back to life, and in December of 1691 it dealt once again, for the first time in seven years, with the issue of a meetinghouse for the Farms.