---- Misspellings, Improper Use of Homonyms, Redundancies
cornwall - 10:42 pm on Oct 26, 2008 (gmt 0)
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historical sources shows that from whence has been common since the thirteenth century. It has been used by:- Shakespeare, Defoe (in the opening of Robinson Crusoe: “He got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York; from whence he had married my mother”), Smollett, Dickens (in A Christmas Carol: “He began to think that the source and secret of this ghostly light might be in the adjoining room, from whence, on further tracing it, it seemed to shine”), Dryden, Gibbon, Twain (in Innocents Abroad: “He traveled all around, till at last he came to the place from whence he started”), Trollope, and it appears 27 times in the King James Bible (including Psalm 121: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help”).
So what literary genius says "from whence" is wrong ?