Pennyways now felt himself to be in something of a difficulty, for should Bathsheba and Troy become reconciled it would be necessary to regain her good opinion if he would secure the patronage of her husband.
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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.