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.
Annulled a number of vexatious, restrictive regulations, such as the compulsory wearing of beards, the prohibition against going out in the forenoon on Sundays or holidays, or frequenting public pleasure resorts.
After rising he studied for two hours, then lectured other two, and spent the rest of the forenoon, till one, at his desk.
Next forenoon the pilgrim is free to move about, and towards midday he may if he please hear a sermon.