Monday, September 14, 2015

Research Help - Vienna & Venice

Do you live in Austria?  I need some research help.  I have two big problems stopping me from some very specific research:
  1. I live in Alaska and what I need is in Austria.
  2. I do not speak German.
 I'm looking for information on the Count in Vienna.  I know he was in Vienna in 1745 and 1746, also from 1775-1780.  In Vienna, his portrait was part of Franz Gustav's "Recollections of Vienna" collection.  He also had a factory at some point during the 18th century - I need to find my notes to be precise.

Between 1775-1780 - True date unknown.  The Count met up with Franz and Rudolph Graffer, two brothers in Vienna.   The Count relates a new prophecy to the brothers: "You have a letter of introduction from Herr von Seingalt; but it is not needed.  This gentleman is Baron Linden.  I knew that you would both be here at this moment.  You have another letter for me from Bruhl.  But the painter is not to be saved; his lung is gone, he will die July 8, 1805.  A man who is still a child called Buonaparte will be indirectly to blame.  And now, gentlemen I know of your doings; can I be of any service to you?  Speak."


Do you live in Italy?  I need some research help.  I live in Alaska and what I need is in Venice.

I'm looking for information on the Count in Venice.  He spent a lot of time in Venice from 1723-1731, possibly in 1766 or 1767, 1769, 1770, .  In 1769 the Count set up a factory in Venice where he mass-produced synthetic silk from flax.

I'm hoping for some old business records or pamphlets or something. If you think you can help me out, send me an email  I'm willing to pay $100 for found primary sources.  You have to contact me first.  I will give you research credit in the book I am writing.


  1. I'll try to contact a friend living in Vienna for you.

  2. I am not sure where you have your information from, but...

    Franz Gräffer was born in 1785. He was the son of August Gräffer. And Rudolph Gräffer was Augusts brother and Franzs uncle.

  3. There was a book published in 1845 by Franz Gräffer. In one Chapter he writes about the Count, his uncle and about Baron von Linden. The Book is called "Kleine Wiener Memoiren" it is written in German but if you copy/paste the text you need and use Google-Translate I assume you'll get along.
    Hope this helps,
    Greetings from Vienna