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At this period the preceptors of the tsarevich had the highest opinion of his ability; but, unfortunately, it was not the sort of ability that his father could make use of.
In no other way could the tsarevich have offended his father so deeply.
On the 26th of August 1716 he wrote to Alexius from abroad urging him, if he desired to remain tsarevich, to join him and the army without delay.
The flight of the tsarevich to a foreign potentate was a reproach and a scandal.
On the 31st of January 1718 the tsarevich reached Moscow.