As they drew near to their destination, however, Mr. Bumble thought it expedient to look down, and see that the boy was in good order for inspection by his new master: which he accordingly did, with a fit and becoming air of gracious patronage.
’The boy is very well, sir,’ said Mr. Giles, recovering his usual tone of patronage; ’and sends his respectful duty, sir.’
Such power and patronage: such relatives of influence and rank: as smiled upon me then, look coldly now; but there are smiling fields and waving trees in England’s richest county; and by one village church—mine, Rose, my own!
…permitted to listen to, and console his mind with, a general supplication of the boys, containing a special clause, therein inserted by authority of the board, in which they entreated to be made good, virtuous, contented, and obedient, and to be guarded from the sins and vices of Oliver Twist: whom the supplication distinctly set forth to be under the exclusive patronage and protection of the powers of wickedness, and an article direct from the manufactory of the very Devil himself.
There are no more uses of "patronage" in the book.
Show samples from other sources
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.