The New Land

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—————————————— 1.18.2015

This jumps ahead a few centuries and generations to when Gretje’s great-great-grand-son sails for America and tries to get her writing published.



All of Europe was in daylight now, but Jacob Jost Latz, the first of his surname to leave the continent and travel across the ocean to the new world, was still asleep in his simple quarters in a boarding house just steps from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

PortPhilly in 1756
Port Philly in 1756

He had debarked from the Concord  barely a week ago and was still amazed at the luxury of a simple mattress, a room that didn’t rock back and forth and a blanket without holes chewed in it.

When he was on the deck of the huge boat, with his home in Lorraine behind him and the sun, waves and wind filling his days, the journey seemed grand and full of promise. But now he felt more alone than he expected. He was sure he’d be all right once he started exploring.

Liberty Bell’s First Note

Today he would write to his mother and father and tell them of the unusual sights and smells in this new land. They would be happy to know that one of his first visits would be to a printer who he hoped would be interested in Great-Great-Grandma Latz’s “Memories of Peter” writings.

The printer was Christoph Sauer, who published most of the German literature in Philadelphia, including a German Bible using Fraktur type in 1739.


About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

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