[ portrait photo: Josiah A. Stearns
from Brown’s History of Bedford ]
Samuel Adams Drake published his two-volume History of Middlesex County in 1880.
Volume I contains a history of Middlesex County (as a whole), written by Drake himself, as well as individual histories of 23 Middlesex cities and towns, each prepared by a separate writer.
Josiah A. Stearns, son of Reverend Samuel Stearns, prepared the history of Bedford.
Volume II contains individual histories of the other 32 Middlesex cities and towns.