To set agoing

to cause to move.

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One can readily see one's own twenty-first century American society in Emerson's deadpan statement: "It is believed, the ordering a cargo of goods from New York to Smyrna, or the running up and down to procure a company of subscribers to set agoing five or ten thousand spindles, or the negociations of a caucus, and the practising on the prejudices and facility of country-people to secure their votes in November, is practical and commendable" (CW 4:154).