It was most frequented in the forenoon, and then only by men.
About 1689 his health, never very strong, began to fail seriously and he gradually withdrew from his public engagements, ceasing his communications to the Royal Society, and advertising his desire to be excused from receiving guests, "unless upon occasions very extraordinary," on Tuesday and Friday forenoon, and Wednesday and Saturday afternoon.
Having heard causes in the forenoon between eight and eleven, after dinner he sat again to receive petitions.
In calculating the percentages of forenoon and afternoon occurrences half the entries under noon and midnight were assigned to each half of the day.
Next forenoon the pilgrim is free to move about, and towards midday he may if he please hear a sermon.