Washington, Nov. 3. The following is the speech oí Major(ji'iicral McüleUan, on the proEootatLOD ot Uiu sword by tlio CominiitkiO of the City (J'JUüoils ut Piiiladelphia : 1 ask you, sir, to givc my warniest and deep thánks'to ttre honorable body you ropreseot tor this eutirely uuuierited oompliiaeut. I couid ibank y;u better il' I thouUt tiiat I desorred ii, but I do ! not fooi 1 that du. Nothing that I have yt t aGOOtnpMsbfed would warraut this : iiigii cotuplinient. Lt is tbr the future to determine tfhether I shaü realizo the i expectations aud hopes that have been ) oeDlOfed iu me. l trust and feel that the d;iy is uot far c;ibtaat whon 1 shall i return to ihujilaco! duarust of all others to me, there to spaud the balance of my hfu amoog tlie people froiu wbom I have recuived this biautiful gift. This war cannot be lony. It may bc desperate. I ask in tte J'ui ure forbuaranee, patience and cniijid.iice. With these we can aucomplish all, and wl'11 I kuow that, in the great drama whic-h may have our hcarts' blood, l'cniiíívlviiuia will uot play tho least, 1 trust that, on the other hand, she will play the highest and uoblest part. I agaio tbank you, and again ask you to convoy to the (Jouucils my most sincere thaiiks tbr tho sword. tjay to them, ihat it will be my ambition to deserve it hercafter. I know I do not now.