"si mes affaires ne pouvaient s'arranger". In the period we are interested in, "mes affaires" usually refers to income. From the quote, my impression is that your man had serious money trouble and had been declared insolvent (geldstag); If that was the case, it affected his position on the elector's list, made gainful employment in the civil service impossible, and so on. He might even be seized and thrown in debtors prison. It would certainly have affected his prospects for marriage.