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canvass

a solicitation of opinions, votes, sales orders, etc.
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Deputations without and voices within had concurred in inducing that philanthropist to take a stronger measure than usual for the good of mankind; namely, to withdraw in favor of another candidate, to whom he left the advantages of his canvassing machinery.
It was still early in the evening--two bells had just gone--when Duncan and his wife stood by the cabin companionway, gazing to windward and canvassing the possibility of spreading their beds on deck.
The deputation, who had only seen him at canvassing or election time, were struck dumb by his coolness.