On 2 December 1717 Sandberg wrote his second "coded" letter. There was, he wrote Barck, no indications of dismissals. Gustaf Adam Taube, Governor of Stockholm, had nothing to fear and he should not believe rumours flying around.
The next letter was sent on 9 December. Goertz could, Sandberg wrote, possibly help himself through a new scheme. Nobody could understand what the Czar was up to. It semmed likely he wanted something in return for helping the neighbour across the river (Danish forces across the Sound?).
No military campaign was likely until next year. Goertz actions were suspicious, but it was uncertain what he was attempting.
Source: Riksarkivet, Ericsbergsarkivet, Autografsamlingen, Vol. 182