Jus patronatus

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JUS PATRONATUS, eccl. law. A commission from the bishop, directed usually to his chancellor and others of competent learning, who are required to summon a jury composed of six clergymen and six laymen, to inquire into and examine who is the rightful patron. 3 Bl. Com. 246.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.