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Because of this discrepancy in the date of adoption, documents written on the same day in different countries may carry different dates.
This helps to explain why this document, a list relating to orders for the march of the Dutch army, was dated the 23/13 December 1688.
The date was the 23rd of December on the Continent, reckoned according to the Gregorian Calendar, but the 13th of December in Britain, reckoned according to the Julian Calendar.
The Julian Calendar was the system of dating followed from 46BC onwards.
It was this calendar which added one extra day in every four years (giving us our 'leap year') because it had been calculated that the earth takes 365¼ days to complete its circuit around the sun, not a straight 365 days.
This may seem a very small amount, but over a large number of years the figure builds up.