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The word "from" is not necessary. 
   
  whence = from where,   whither = to where
  thence = from there,  thither = to there
  hence = from here,   hither = to here
   
  --Ph. D. 

Brian Woodward <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> First I have a quick question before I get to my actual question. The
  > word whence; when used does it require the use of the word from. 
  > E.g. "…whence it came" or "…from whence it came"?
>
> Okay, on to my actual question. Has anyone noticed in colloquial
  > English speech (Southern American) the addition of a *t* at the
  > end of certain words? E.g. Close(t)est and across(t). I've noticed
  > that my wife along with several other "Southerners" do this and I
  > can't seem rationalize it in any way. Might any of you have heard
  > this and have some explanation?
>
> Brian