And readin'
Every treatise on the shelf

from Lin-Manuel Miranda – The Hamilton Mixtape Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A treatise is an in-depth, written discourse on any subject, which investigates the principles of the subject formally and systematically.

As many other aspiring political leaders did, Hamilton read multiple treatises, possibly including these canonical works:

John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government
David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature
Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations

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