An (n, q) graph is a graph on n labelled points and q lines without loops or multiple lines. We write ν(n, q) for the number of smooth (n, q) graphs, i.e. connected graphs without end points, and ν = V(Z, Y) = ∑n,q ν(n,q)ZnYq /n! for the exponential generating function of ν(n,q). We use the Riddell “core and mantle” method to find an explicit form for V (not, as usual with this method, only a functional equation). From this we deduce a partial differential equation satisfied by V. We interpret this equation in purely combinatorial terms. We write Vk = ∑ n ν(n, n + k)Xn/n! and find a recurrence formula for Vk for successive k. We use these and other results to find an asymptotic expansion for ν(n,q) as n→∞ when (q/n) − log n − log log n→ + ∞ and an asymptotic approximation to ν(n,n + k) when 0 < k = o and to log ν(n, n + k) when k < (1−ε).