The date for the events described in Letters 62 and 63 can be put probably between AD 396, the beginning of Augustine's episcopate, and AD 402, the council of Milevis that probably referred to this case in one of its decisions . Timotheus, the lector of the church of Subsana, in the diocese of Hippo, travelled to Milevis and swore to Severus, the bishop of Milevis, an oath that he would not accept ordination in other places. However, after his return to the diocese of Hippo he was ordained a subdeacon in the church of Subsana. He later returned to Milevis.
The text permits even the interpretation that he was ordained by a presbyter, who may be anonymous, or (as Mandouze wants) who may be identified with Carcedonius, mentioned in the previous sentence.