As stated above, Pastor Russell requested that no other periodicals be printed:
As the Society is already pledged to me that it will publish no other periodicals, it shall also be required that the Editorial Committee shall write for or be connected with no other publications in any manner or degree. My object in these requirements is to safeguard the committee and the journal from any spirit of ambition or pride or headship, and that the Truth may be recognized and appreciated for its own worth, and that the Lord may more particularly be recognized as the Head of the Church and the Fountain of Truth.
He did not seem to object to the idea of other books, as stated by Menta Sturgeon during the eulogy at the afternoon funeral service:
With those scenes before me and with thoughts of the end running through my mind, it was only natural for me to say to myself, Had you not better ask Brother Russell concerning some things? It was in this mood and in this connection that we inquired respecting the Seventh Volume, and received his answer, "Some one else can write that." We were satisfied. He had spoken concerning the smiting of the Jordan, the payment of the Penny and the writing of the Seventh Volume; and this was enough. There was nothing left to doubt or fear. We believe that he said everything that he desired to say, and that the Lord gave through him all that He wished the Church to have respecting these great, vital and important matters. Brother Russell seemed to have no desire, neither did there seem to be any need, to say and do a lot of little things at the close of his life that had been left undone. He had finished his course. His labors were o'er. He was ready to be offered
Putting things in perspective the seem to show that:
- the 7th volume was not a post-humus work of Pastor Russell's work
- Rutherfords method of taking control and releasing the 7th volume violated Russell's main objection to publishing a seperate periodical: that it would be done out of "ambition or pride or headship".
All quotes taken from Dec 1916 Watchtower (found online here: http://www.mostholyfaith.com/bible/reprints/Z1916DEC.asp).