People have been expressing their love in letters for centuries, and history is full of beautiful love letters.

The first love letter was written 3,500 years ago, and since then people have had a strong tradition of writing down their feelings and emotions towards their lovers in letters. With email and text messaging, letters have fallen by the wayside to these more convenient and efficient methods of communication, but love shouldn’t be about convenience; it should be about romance, and that’s why, here at Worcester Envelope Company, we believe that love letters are still the best Valentine’s Day gift you can send to the one you love. Here are a few of the most beautiful love letters of all time to inspire you:

#1. Elizabeth Barret Browning to Robert Browning

Elizabeth’s relationship with the famous poet, Robert Browning, was short and tragic, but full of passion and romance. They exchanged many love letters with one another until her too-early death in 1861, and there is even an entire volume of poetry written by Elizabeth and inspired by her husband, called Sonnets From the Portuguese.

Best Line:

And now listen to me in turn. You have touched me more profoundly than I thought even you could have touched me — my heart was full when you came here today. Henceforward I am yours for everything….

#2. Ludwig Van Beethoven to his “Immortal Beloved”

The famous composer of the Für Elise and A Song of Joy not only had an ear for music, he also had the heart of a poet. In 1812, Beethoven sent many letters to a mysterious woman who he referred to as his “immortal beloved.” Today, many historians believe that Beethoven was writing to the daughter of a diplomat, Antonie Brentano.

Best Line:

Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm–love me–today–yesterday–what tearful longings for you–you–you–my life–my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me–never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.

#3. Count Leo Tolstoy to Valeria Arsenev

Count Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer, and today, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors who has ever lived. Tolstoy is famous for his novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, but he authored some of the most romantic love letters to his fiancee, Valeria Arsenev, and although the two never married, their love lives on in his letters.

Best Line:

I already love in you your beauty, but I am only beginning to love in you that which is eternal and ever precious – your heart, your soul.

Beauty one could get to know and fall in love with in one hour and cease to love it as speedily; but the soul one must learn to know.

Believe me, nothing on earth is given without labour, even love, the most beautiful and natural of feelings.

#4. Zelda Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald were both novelists, so it may not come as a surprise to you to learn that the two exchanged many love letters throughout their tumultuous relationship. Although their marriage was plagued by infidelity and excessive drinking, the two shared a deep love for one another, which is evident in their romantic correspondences.

Best Line:

There’s nothing in all the world I want but you and your precious love. All the material things are nothing. I’d just hate to live a sordid, colorless existence because you’d soon love me less and less and I’d do anything — anything — to keep your heart for my own. I don’t want to live—I want to love first, and live incidentally… Don’t—don’t ever think of the things you can’t give me.

History is full of letters of love, lust, passion and adoration, and if you want to express your feelings to the one you love in a unique and thoughtful way, it’s time to join the millions of other men and women who have written love letters. There’s no better time to start writing letter to your love than Valentine’s Day.

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