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Question:  A teacher has asked whether the use of the "Principle Approach" would benefit her classroom.


Dorothy's response was: The Principle Approach is not too complicated.  A mother of ten children has been trying to "get a handle on" this method for a number of years.  She is the happy recipient of the books God has worked through me to write.  I would suggest you purchase "Teaching Grammar Using the Principle Approach" for a starter.  You can then decide whether you can do it.  It isn't very expensive and will give you a good place to start.  Plus you will really enjoy it!


You need to realize that those who have read and/or used our publications find them exceedingly helpful in implementing the Principle Approach.


As to our history, I can guarantee your Haitian students would enjoy learning about us through "The Governor's Story."  The comments from folks who've read it are very gratifying as they come from folks whom I do not know personally so have no reason to flatter me.


You are definitely on the right track when you use the Principle Approach.  May our wonderful Lord prosper you in your efforts.


Of, by, and for Christ, (Mrs.) Dorothy Robbins

Question:  We are searching for the truth about Lexington and Concord and have read 4 differing versions. Specifically at Lexington, was Captain Jonas Parker killed or wounded? How many minutemen were on the Lexington green, we've read from 38 to 70, when the firing began?

In some accounts it was a junior officer that gave the order to fire as the first shot rang out (but no one knows who fired that shot, some say a direct order, others say an colonist watching the whole thing from the side) after Major Pitcairn had given orders all along not to shoot but to round up the men and confiscate their weapons.  Then it was Colonel Smith ordering the drummer to beat assembly that caused the soldiers to hold their fire. Is this the accurate account and what are your references?
Thank you very much!

Beth and son Wesley B (11 year old Homeschooler)


Answer: You will find many answers to your questions by using the books listed on my web site and by taking the correspondence course I publish. You can also find answers to your questions from the source books I use to teach America's Christian History. (See below.) I always go to the most trustworthy authors, especially those closest to the event. The best are pre-1830 but there are some later ones, such as the ones referenced for the excerpt below, that are reliable. 


One of the problems we have is that some use the reports written by England (the colonists' enemy at that time) rather than those of the Americans who were "on the spot"! That usually means a different point of view and, frankly, knowing the character of both at that time, I trust the colonists' reports.


The books you want to start with are: The Christian History of the Constitution and Teaching and Learning America's Christian History-(the Principle Approach). Contact for books: The Foundation for American Christian Education; P.O. Box 9588; Chesapeake, Virginia-23321 - Phone 757-488-6601 or 804-463-0307


Answer to question: Gage's "secret" order to send troops to Concord was discovered by Joseph Warren and messages were sent there and to other towns in Massachusetts to warn them of the impending attack. The following is a composite account from Frothingham's, The Rise of the Republic of the United States (1872) and Wm. V. Well’s, The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams (1865) quoted from Robbins, With Liberty and Justice for All, p. 31.


"The military stores deposited in Concord General Gage resolved to destroy, and for this purpose planned an expedition which he intended should be a secret one. ...Warren, however, obtained intelligence of the movement in season to dispatch the expresses, by a different route, into the country, with directions to call out the militia. "(Paul) Revere then took horse, and rode towards Lexington. After several adventures on the way, in which he narrowly escaped capture, he reached the house of Mr. (Rev. Jonas) Clark (whom John Hancock and Samuel Adams were visiting) about midnight and gave the alarm He rode up, and requested admittance but the Sergeant (who with seven other men were stationed to protect Adams and Hancock) replied that the family before retiring had desired that they might not be disturbed by any noise about the house. 


'Noise! replied Revere, 'you’ll have noise enough before long. The Regulars are coming out' He was then admitted"


"At sunrise on the nineteenth of April (1775), the detachment reached Lexington, a small town eleven miles from Boston, on the road to Concord. The militia of this place had promptly answered the summons to parade..."


Most of the minute-men, undecided whether to fire or retreat, stood motionless, having been ordered by the commander (Parker ) not to fire first. Some were joining the ranks, and others leaving them, when Pitcairn (the British major in charge of the Regulars) in a loud voice gave the order to fire, at the same time discharging his pistol. The order was obeyed at first by a few guns, and immediately after by a deadly discharge from the whole British force. A few of the militia, no longer hesitating, returned the fire, but without serious effect.


Parker, seeing the utter disparity of forces, ordered his men to disperse. The Regulars continued their fire while any of the militia remained in sight, killing eight and wounding ten. The village green, where this event took place, has been aptly termed by the historian, 'a field of murder, not of battle." "The news of this scene of blood roused the spirit of the patriots throughout the colonies.


Washington penned these words, "Unhappy is it to reflect that a brother's sword has been sheathed in a brother's breast:, and that the once happy and peaceful plains of America are to be either drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice?"


Could the colonists have done otherwise than take up arms to defend themselves? Who can say otherwise?


Excerpted from "With Liberty and Justice For All." Dorothy Robbins©93

Question:  What recourse do we have in our U.S. Constitution when a Federal Judge orders the Chief Justice of a State to remove a monument with 14 historical quotes on it which all acknowledge God and tops it off with the Ten Commandments? The order to remove the monument seems to say that we are not allowed to acknowledge God. Does a federal judge have the right to order a state official to remove such a monument? Is the Chief Justice of a state required by law to obey a federal judge who makes an order to remove the acknowledgment of God? 


Evelyn B


Answer:  THE RECOURSE: Congress needs to address this problem. Unfortunately, Congress isn't doing its job. As you can see, even getting Congress to concur in the appointment of judges is impossible with the current uncooperative members.


Unfortunately, judicial immunity has been greatly abused and, at present, judges are not being held accountable to anyone but themselves. (See Judges 17:6 & 21:25 with Deut. 13:18)


I've addressed the problem in an article entitled "Where in the Constitution?"


For information as to what can be done now I highly recommend an excellent method and the Constitutional way to handle this matter: "JUDICIAL Accountability Initiative Legislation" at: We have, in the Constitution itself, the method for handling the problem and the above has been carefully crafted to do just that.

See Also

The Conservative Caucus

Petition to President George W. Bush



Question: When you say the pledge to the Bible, how should you salute the Bible?  I've heard you hold the Bible, and I've also heard you salute like you do when you pledge the American Flag. 




Dear Rhonda: in answer to your question it is important that one realizes that the word pledge used for instance in the sentence, "I pledge allegiance to_________," the meaning from Webster's dictionary means "to promise." This means one is promising loyalty to the subject one puts in the space provided. Is there, then, a need to salute that subject? To pledge and to salute are different actions. 


As a general rule one doesn't "Pledge allegiance to the Bible" but indicates ones sincerity in making a pledge by placing ones hand on the Bible as President George Washington and all subsequent presidents have done.


I am interested in knowing what prompted your asking this question and would appreciate a reply.  

Question:  Who was the first President of the United States?




Dear Ed: Ask any schoolchild and they will readily tell you "George Washington." And of course they would be wrong - at least technically. Washington was not inaugurated until April 30, 1789. And yet the United Colonies/States continually had functioning governments from as early as September 5, 1774, and operated as a confederated nation from as early as July 4, 1776. During that nearly fifteen year interval, Congress - first the Continental Congress and then the Confederation Congress - was always moderated by a duly elected president. As the chief executive officer of the government of the Confederation of Colonies and, later, of the United States, the president was recognized as the head of state. Washington was thus the fifteenth in a long line of distinguished presidents of America; he just happened to be the first under the current constitution. 


So who was the first President of the Continental Congress? 


The first president of the United States/Colonies was Peyton Randolph. The information for this can be found in an excellent book by Dr. George Grant, "The Patriots Handbook." It is full of information, poetry, state documents, etc.

Question: I've been a fan of yours for a long time and have many of your books. In fact I'm using three right now as text books in classes. I'm using your newest "Tuesy" as a beginners reading book for my eight year old daughter, I'm using your "Guide to teaching Grammar using the Principal Approach" with my Spanish speaking "English as a Second Language" class, and my 10 year old daughter is reading The Governor's Story.


I have a question concerning that gem of wisdom you enlightened us with from President Roosevelt. Could you tell us where he got that quote about taxation from? Maybe you could restate the quote as well, to clarify it for all your readers.


Thank you very much and keep up the God pleasing work you are so good at.


In service to Christ Jesus,


Rev. Walt


Dear Rev Walt: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the most used of our presidents by the Communists (according to his former son-in-law, Cecil Ball), was following the program outlined by Marx for the take-over of our (among others) country. Here are the ten steps or planks in the Communist Manifesto. Notice plank number 2.  Does that remind you of Roosevelt's statement in regard to taxes?


You may notice that the other planks are being rapidly promoted. Try to figure out how they are being implemented in our country by Congress and other civil governmental agents. We have a lot of praying and work to do.  Dorothy



From the Communist Manifesto:


These measures will, of course, be different in different countries. Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.


  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

  3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

  5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

  6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in he hands of the state.

  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

  8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. 


Question:  In Romans we are told to submit to authority. How did George Washington and the other founding fathers deal with King George, knowing they wanted to obey God and his word.


Dear Roberta: Our Founders understood that magistrates are "God’s ministers" ordained of Him and therefore under His orders. When they are no longer obedient to Him as Gr. Britain was not, they are to be resisted, just as a number of folks of whom we read in the Word, the mid-wives of Moses’ day and the apostles of their day (Acts 5:29) did.


The most poignant commentary on your question is Washington’s response to Great Britain’s continued attacks on the colonists , the culmination of which was the attack on Lexington on April 19, 1775, as commented on by Richard Frothingham in his book, "The Rise of the Republic", 1800: "The news of this scene of blood roused the spirit of the patriots throughout the colonies. .. 'Unhappy,’ Washington, wrote, 'is it to reflect that a brother's sword has been sheathed in a brother's breast, and that the once happy and peaceful plains of America are to be either drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice?' ....The use of force to repel force without a thought of consequences was instinctively and universally justified by the popular party....

Question:    My  question  is  about  William  Bradford  who  founded Plymouth Rock & who was the first governor of Massachusetts. What influence, if any, did the Bradford manuscripts have on what was to later become the U.S. Constitution?




Dear Cherrill: The most important item in Bradford's manuscript, "Of Plymouth Plantation," is his report of the need for and the composing of the "Mayflower Compact," which he calls a "combination." Writing about it he says, "I shall a litle returne back and begine with a combination made by them before they came ashore being ye first foundation of their governmente in this place...."* This "combination" or, as we call it, the "Mayflower Compact," is the first document in this country that clearly established "government by the people" or "self-government." This is the basis for our form of government. The Biblical principles derived from their understanding of Biblical civil government, self-government, and the attendant Biblical principles, our Founding Fathers understood well. Those who followed Bradford and the other Pilgrims applied these when they wrote their colonial documents as well as the U.S. Constitution. Watch for an analysis of this in a future article


*Quoted from Massachusetts' official publication of  Bradford's manuscript, "Of Plymouth Plantation," by that state in 1898 . 


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