Rufus Anderson continued to serve as a corresponding secretary with the A. B. C. F. M. for another decade after the clashes of 1856, and he remained a member of the Prudential Committee until 1875, after which he spent another five years as an emeritus member. However, the great creative period of his career was over. His policies had carried the day and would continue to dominate missionary practice for a generation. Furious opposition to the work of the Deputation to India had not caused Anderson to modify his views in the slightest, but it had convinced him that the American evangelical public little understood or appreciated the business of foreign missions. His career therefore took a turn toward authorship in his later years, as Anderson sought to record the lessons of his experience and educate the constituency of the American Board. The opportunity to write his own history allowed Anderson to influence missionary discourse in ways that long outlasted his specific policies.
The American Board's Jubilee celebration in 1860 first launched Anderson in this new direction. Despite the distractions of the impending presidential election and looming secession crisis, the board endeavored to make the most of the occasion that marked their fiftieth anniversary. The year was notable especially for a fund drive targeted at merchants and other wealthy donors that succeeded in erasing a $66,000 debt. Anderson, as the senior secretary, was given the task of compiling a Memorial Volume as part of the commemoration. 1