MAN ON THE MAKE
Although his financial worries were eased with his appointment to the Navy Board and a salary of £350, Pepys soon began to spend more than he earned. He was concerned to look about me to get something more than just my salary, or else I may resolve to die a beggar. Fortunately Pepys received a shower of bribes and gratuities to supplement his salary and within a couple of years was worth £1000.
Hard work and ability eventually made Pepys a rich man, with a salary of £500, a mighty handsome home, a painted and gilded coach and £10,000 in savings.
'... upon my request, to put out some money ... into Backwells hand at 6 per cent interest, which he seldom gives which I will consider of, being doubtful of trusting any of these great dealers because of their mortality; but then the convenience of having ones money at an hours call is very great.'
12 SEPTEMBER 1664