19. At home all day alone except Mr. Smith (manager of Messrs. Herberts &ca. fishery) who stays here.
Mr. Smith may be Edward Smith (1752–1826). According to Toner, Smith—who first appeared at Mount Vernon on 7 July 1770—was a clerk for Herbert & Co., the firm which contracted for the catch from one of GW’s fisheries (DLC: Toner Collection). Herbert & Co. probably rented one of the fisheries on Clifton’s Neck (Md. Gaz., 9 Sept. 1773).