to <try if> Traddles could help us

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park sang joon

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Korean
The narrator recalls his adolescence.
He is an apprentice for the lawyer Mr. Spenlow.
His grand aunt and her best friend Mr.Dick came to London after her going bankrupt.
Now, He works as the secretary for Doctor Strong in his spare time, who was the head master of the school the protagonist went to.
He is going to go to his bosom friend Traddles to consult about his situation.

I took Mr. Dick with me, because, acutely sensitive to my aunt's reverses, and sincerely believing that no galley-slave or convict worked as I did, he had begun to fret and worry himself out of spirits and appetite, as having nothing useful to do. In this condition, he felt more incapable of finishing the Memorial than ever; and the harder he worked at it, the oftener that unlucky head of King Charles the First got into it. Seriously apprehending that his malady would increase, unless we put some innocent deception upon him and caused him to believe that he was useful, or unless we could put him in the way of being really useful (which would be better), I made up my mind to try if Traddles could help us.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know whether "if" clause is an object of "try."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
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