Senators Isaac Bassett's memoirs often focused on the personalities of the Senate, recollecting colorful times and camaraderie. He recorded the intimate side of the institution—jokes that the senators shared, behind-the-scenes stories, and the confidences that generations of senators bestowed upon him.

John C. Calhoun

"I have heard every speech he delivered in the Senate. When he was excited he would . . ." View Transcript »


Henry Clay

"He was the leader of the Whig senators, he was the greatest orator—the fire of his eyes—his voice was . . ." View Transcript »


Thomas Corwin

"With the exception of Henry Clay Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun, no other senator attracted . . ." View Transcript »


Benton Gets Jackson's Censure Expunged

"Benton, he took a prominent part in the deliberation of the Senate. Few public measures were discussed that . . ." View Transcript »