Marysa Demoor notes in Dear Stevenson: Letters from Andrew Lang to Robert Louis Stevenson with Five Letters from Stevenson to Lang that it was Stevenson who first asked Lang to contribute to this Tory weekly periodical, which lasted a little over two years (6). London was first edited by Robert Glasgow Brown, Stevenson’s friend at Edinburgh University (6). Its second editor was William Ernest Henley.

Demoor writes that Lang contributed one political leader (reluctantly, and turning it “into as neutral a tract as possible” (6). She also writes that “Many of Stevenson’s stories later reprinted in New Arabian Nights (1882) were written with the sole purpose of filling the pages of London. Lang too wrote to support the magazine, or at least to assist the new editor [Henley], though his were mostly poetic pieces” (6).