It has been stated that Napier's mathematical pursuits led him to dissipate his means.
The variety of his pursuits at this time carried him over the whole field of ancient and modern literature.
The Andamanese are, indeed, bright and merry companions, busy in their own pursuits, keen sportsmen, naturally independent and not lustful, but when angered, cruel, jealous, treacherous and vindictive, and always unstable - in fact, a people to like but not to trust.
He was the son of a merchant, and was himself trained for the pursuits of commerce, in which, by his abilities and enterprising spirit, he attained a conspicuous position.
His favourite pursuits were scientific, and his authority on all questions of practical science was referred to by the senate of Venice.