In an article in the Photographic and Fine Arts Journal of January 1, 1856 entitled the Photographic Galleries of America, Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.
Bedell—Cleanliness is next to godliness, especially is this the case in photographic galleries. Very excellent pictures are often underrated from the fact of the glass being soiled or the plate or paper spotted. This gallery contains some excellent specimens.
John Craig list three Bedell’s in his work Avery Augustus (1851-1853); Richard, Jr. (1853-1856); and William (1851-1852). Only Richard, Jr. has the correct dates but he is listed has a dealer in daguerreian apparatus not a daguerreian. As I continue to go through New York City newspapers it might be possible to identify which Bedell the above article is about.