The next year, on December 1, he married the youngest daughter of Thomas Howard, Lady Elizabeth Howard, who was one of his friend's sisters (DISCovering Authors 2). Around the same time, he was starting to be viewed as a dramatist. In 1663, he wrote his first play, The Wild Gallant. It was performed at the Royal Theater and was one of his first comedies with a humorous dialogue (DISCovering Authors 2). The play unfortunately did not have a long run. That same year, he was made a member of the Royal Society which he was very happy to accept (DISCovering Authors 2). He and his wife then decided to start their family and had three sons, Charles, John, and Erasmus, all exactly one year apart (Britannica 1). The theaters that he worked for were all closed down by June of that year due to the bubonic plague (Wasserman 21). He moved his family to Charlton, Wiltshire, in the summer of 1665, mainly because they were trying to avoid the plague that was being spread everywhere (Wasserman 55). Dryden also decided to change his form of writing into a more proper form of drama. He produced The Indian Queen. Since it was so successful and popular, he wrote the sequel a year later, called The Indian Emperor (DISCovering Authors 2).
On returning to England where the Bishops' Wars presaged further armed conflict, Milton began to write prose tracts against episcopacy , in the service of the Puritan and Parliamentary cause. Milton's first foray into polemics was Of Reformation touching Church Discipline in England (1641), followed by Of Prelatical Episcopacy , the two defences of Smectymnuus (a group of Presbyterian divines named from their initials; the "TY" belonged to Milton's old tutor Thomas Young), and The Reason of Church-Government Urged against Prelaty . He vigorously attacked the High-church party of the Church of England and their leader William Laud , Archbishop of Canterbury , with frequent passages of real eloquence lighting up the rough controversial style of the period, and deploying a wide knowledge of church history.