My father and I viewed True Grit last week. Imagine my delight when, about 30-40 minutes into the film, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) informs Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) that an ex-wife had purchased "a heavy book called Daniels on Negotiable Instruments and set me to reading it. Never could get a grip on it ...." (My memory isn't what it used to be, so I'm borrowing the quoted language from friend Colin Miller and this post.)
So who is this "Daniels"? I don't know. Perhaps it's a reference to John Warwick Daniel, who penned a "A Treatise on the Law of Negotiable Instruments" (published in 1876; the third edition is available for viewing here), and co-authored "The Elements of the Law of Negotiable Instruments" (1903) . Daniel was born in Lynchburg, attained the rank of major in the Civil War, attended law school at the University of Virginia, and later served in the U.S. Senate for several terms. A more complete bio is here.
Commercial Law. It's everywhere! Thank you, Coen brothers, for making my day (and a very entertaining film)!