I merely hinted at her obtaining temporary assistance as the widow of an official who had died in the service—if only she has patronage…. but apparently your late parent had not served his full term and had not indeed been in the service at all of late.
There are no more uses of "patronage" in the book.
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The mayor shook his head and made no motion to look at our writ of patronage.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
There were perhaps a few thousand residents, mostly shopkeepers and service people, and the small bedroom community who were their patronage.