Poor Tom’s blundering patronage when they were out of doors together would sometimes make him turn upon the well-meaning lad quite savagely; and his eyes, usually sad and quiet, would flash with anything but playful lightning.
"Well, Bob," said Tom, with a slight air of patronage, the foregoing reminscences having disposed him to be as friendly as was becoming, though there was no part of his acquaintance with Bob that he remembered better than the cause of their parting quarrel; "is there anything I can do for you?"
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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.