Ever wondered what an 18th century love letter would look like? Or how about an Oscar winner’s secret journal? Take a peek at some of the greatest love letters and secret diaries and journals found.

1. Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved” Love Letters

Beethoven love letter collage

We all know Beethoven for his musical genius, but lesser known are the love letters he left behind. After Beethoven’s death, three letters addressed to his “Immortal Beloved” were found in his estate. Don’t let his scowl fool you, because these letters are actually incredibly beautiful.

Beethoven’s third letter, July 7th

“I can live only wholly with you or not at all – Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits – Yes, unhappily it must be so – You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never – Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life – Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men”