In brief, compositor E was an apprentice compositor in the first months of his apprenticehood
. The most significant of his attributes for my argument is, first, that he started his compositorial career under the tutelage of a senior compositor with whom he worked very closely, and second, the 'more routine work' that Hinman mentioned included E's distribution into type-cases of type set by other compositors.
AUGUSTINE PHILLIPS in 1605 left bequests to Shakespeare and others of his fellows in the King's Men, and |to James Sands, my apprentice, the some of fortye shillings, and a citterne, a bandore, and a lute, to be paid and delivered unto him at the expiration of his terme of yeres in his indenture of apprenticehood
'.(1) William Sly, another King's Man, in 1608 left forty pounds to |James Sandes'(Collier, 157) and most of his estate to |Sisely Browne', who as Cicely Sands had married the actor Robert Browne at Shoreditch in 1593/4.(2) James was probably related to her and to the Jane Sands who married the actor Christopher Beeston in 1602 (N&Q, ccxxxvi.39).